Meet Mister March
IPSWICH firefighter Wayne Vaux has turned pin-up boy in the name of charity.
Mr Vaux is raising temperatures in the pages of the 19th annual Firefighters Calendar.
The 37-year-old lights the fire of female fans across the state as a chiselled Mr March.
“I actually asked for July for my wife’s (Bec) birthday, but I missed out so she was spewing,” Mr Vaux said from the Ipswich Fire Station.
“I’m copping plenty from the boys around the station, but my wife’s girlfriends think it’s alright.
“Bec is really excited and happy for me as well.”
Mr Vaux said the calendar was available at the Ekka, Coffee Club outlets and the Ipswich station on Limestone Street for $10.
He said proceeds would support the Royal Children’s Hospital Burns Centre.
“I’ll be at the Ekka on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week outside the Showbag Pavilion. I’ll also be around the place selling the calendars in Ipswich,” Mr Vaux said.
“I’d like to put Ipswich on the map a bit and sell as many as we possibly can.
“If I could sell 2000 calendars that would be a massive achievement for any city.
“I just want people to get behind us. It’s a bit of fun and supports a great cause.”
Royal Children’s Hospital Burns Research Group Associate Professor Roy Kimble said the facility treated children from Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Pacific Islands.
“The financial assistance from the Queensland firies has been instrumental in helping the unit become an internationally recognised world leader in the treatment and prevention of burns,” he said.
“The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation has invested more than $1 million into burns research and continues to fund studies in this vital area so children can lead lives free from the trauma and scars that can result from severe burns injuries.
“Funds donated by the Firefighters Calendar have helped us purchase much-needed medical equipment and conduct research and clinical trials that help to develop more-effective and less-painful treatments.”
To make a donation or for more information on the 2011 Firefighters Calendar, visit www.firefighterscalendar.com.au.