Two nude calendars for 2016 are definitely in with a sporting chance of raising some much-needed funds for their chosen charities.
Cambridgeshire’s Burwell Tigers FC have stripped off to raise money for CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which is dedicated to preventing male suicide, and its youth football club, while Oxford University’s women’s rugby team OURFC Women have shed their team colours for Beat, which supports those affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight, and shape.
Burwell Tigers FC chose CALM in memory of their friend Ryan Lynch who took his life two years ago. The calendar is available for £10, and aims to raise £5,000. It is available from the club’s Facebook page.
Over in Oxford, the OURFC Women’s calendar features the team in 13 different rugby poses and aims to promote a positive body image. It is available for £12 at www.ourfcwomensnakedcalendar.com, with £1 from every calendar sold going to Beat. This is the second time the team has done a naked calendar, with its last calendar raising several thousand pounds for Oxford University-based charity Mind Your Head.
Team captain Carly Bliss said:
“We specifically wanted to use the calendar to promote female athleticism and positive body image. Beat is a fantastic charity, which works extremely hard nationally to support anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape, and if each calendar sold gets just one person talking about these often-avoided topics, then OURFC Women and Beat have been successful in their mission.”
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