By Mark McConville
AMUSING images of bearded men dressed as Mermen are to be included in a new calendar to raise funds for a mental health charity.
The funny pictures show the men, complete with shiny, scaly fishtails, posing on the rocks by the sea, in a pumpkin field and beside a waterfall.
Other light-hearted snaps show the guys being groomed for their big photo shoot, relaxing with a pint in a bar and playing some musical instruments.
The Newfoundland & Labrador Beard and Moustache Club is producing the unique calendar this year, with proceeds going to local non-profit Spirit Horse.
“Our club values and embraces diversity in our membership such as gender identity, ethnicity, body shape, and sexual orientation,” said Hasan Hai, founder of the NL Beard & Moustache Club.
“Also, we delight in breaking down traditional gender stereotypes in a creative way.
“Beyond the sheer fun and silliness of this, we decided to support a local non-profit organisation called Spirit Horse, which helps people through therapy with horses.
“It’s a great program run by an incredible person, so it really was a no-brainer about supporting them.”
Formed in January 2017, the NL BMC is a social club which brings together all people who appreciate facial hair in all of its glorious forms, value diversity in their community, and are committed to giving back through individual and group volunteering and fundraising efforts.
Spirit Horse Mental Health Program teaches life skills to people through therapeutic interaction with horses. Formed in 2013 in memory of a young horsewoman who died by suicide.
Calendars are currently available for pre-order with international shipping available. They will ship mid-November and also be available at a variety of craft fairs and pop-up shops in St. John’s, NL.
“There is a limited run of 1000 calendars so we encourage people to order theirs early – we’ve sold over 200 in less than two weeks,” Hai explained.
Calendars can be ordered through the NL BMC website, www.nlbeardandmoustacheclub.com.