Maryborough woman goes nude for a good cause
THE plight of Aussie farmers doing it tough has inspired one Maryborough woman and her friends to strip off for a good cause.
Spurred on by a hugely popular Facebook image of a farmer dancing naked in the rain as drought broke, Kasey Hudson decided to bare it all and create a nude calendar.
Ms Hudson, who grew up on a sheep farm in Victoria, said she knew first-hand the devastation drought could bring.
"I've seen enough skin-and-bones sheep," she said.
"All stinky and full of maggots - no feed, no water."
Ms Hudson said while her family moved away from farming, life on the land stuck with her and everyone who posed for the calendar had had a connection to farming.
"A lot of them are off the land, so they've done (the calendar) because they know the struggles personally," she said.
Ms Hudson said the calendar had taken months of work and was made possible because of many generous people's help.
"They sent me the proof of the calendar - when I got it I just about cried," she said.
Ms Hudson even sold her car to cover the $1554 printing costs of the 500 copies of Fraser Coast Aussie Helpers Charity Calendar 2015.
"Just to hold it was great," she said.
After printing costs, all money raised from the calendar sales will go to charity Aussie Helpers.
Ms Hudson said a recent encounter with a farmer whose land had been repossessed by the bank reminded her why she had gone to the effort of putting together the calendar in the first place.
The man she met was in Maryborough with no money and was hitch-hiking to get to his wife, who was staying with friends in Emerald.
"He was hoping to find work to buy a ticket," she said.
Ms Hudson drove the man to Childers, bought him a ticket and helped him find something to eat.
"It inspired my work to help the charity," she said.
Aussie Helpers assists farming families in desperate need of help in a respectful and confidential way.
It was established in 2002 to help fight poverty and lift the spirits of those severely affected by drought.
Ms Hudson has also held garage sales and market stalls to help the charity.
"I thought I wanted to do something bigger," she said.
The covergirl said being photographed naked had been a bit scary, but worth it.
The calendars are $25 each and are now available from Hoffies Corner Store and Takeaway and Canelands Nursery in Hervey Bay.
In Maryborough, they can be bought from Platypus Stockfeeds, Kingstons Rural Supplies, Eagle Boys and Traces Place in Kent St.
You can also order a copy by sending a message to Fraser Coast Aussie Helpers on Facebook, or by phoning Kasey on 0423 418 007.
For more information on Aussie Helpers, visit aussiehelpers.org.au.