Naked vets bare all for charity

JCU vet students strip naked for charity

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Students Hannah Dowton, Paige Burey, Lili Koch, Lily Hulse and Eden Faulkner bare all for charity. Photos: Leila Grigg.

Students Hannah Dowton, Paige Burey, Lili Koch, Lily Hulse and Eden Faulkner bare all for charity. Photos: Leila Grigg.

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It has become a cheeky right of passage for Townsville's JCU veterinary students, who have once again bared all in the name of charity.

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IT has become a cheeky right of passage for Townsville's JCU veterinary students, who have once again bared all in the name of charity.

And this year's cohort of fourth year students kept little to the imagination when they stripped off to pose for a series of tasteful photographs to make up the 2020 Vets Uncovered calendar.

Britten Lockie and his classmates posed naked with strategically placed hats, horses and machinery to protect their modesty on two properties in the Charters Towers region.

Mr Lockie said about 40 students had participated in the shoot, with proceeds from the calendar going toward their end of final year ball and chosen charity Drought Angels.

He said the group had wanted to help out farmers doing it tough when they decided on the cause.

Isaac Saeur, Aaron Lau, TJ Madigan, Britten Lockie with Tanvir Bhatti and Alex Hamilton on the motorbike during the fun photo shoot. Photo: Leila Grigg.

Isaac Saeur, Aaron Lau, TJ Madigan, Britten Lockie with Tanvir Bhatti and Alex Hamilton on the motorbike during the fun photo shoot. Photo: Leila Grigg.

"We have a strong rural focus as a group and when we sat down the two main topics were mental health and drought help," Mr Lockie said.

"One of the biggest drivers of mental health issues is the conditions particularly in NSW and Queensland, so we are trying to help the root cause of the problem by raising money for Drought Angels.

"We're trying to give back that way, people are doing it pretty tough out there."

Mr Lockie said about half of their class had rural backgrounds, while others had seen first hand the effect of drought having spent time in rural Queensland on placements in places like Longreach, Clermont and Monto.

He said conditions were dry in the Charters Towers area during the photographic session, which was reflected in the images.

"Even during the shoot it was so dry, but it was great.

"When you come to study vet you know all about the calendar so even from first year people get pretty keen.

Fourth year JCU students pose for the 2020 Vets Uncovered calendar. Photo: Leila Grigg.

Fourth year JCU students pose for the 2020 Vets Uncovered calendar. Photo: Leila Grigg.

"We were a bit nervous, but as soon as the photographer (Leila Grigg) started it was all very professional and it was all about getting the best photos.

"Everyone had a great time."

Mr Lockie said their calendar had attracted international attention, after images of the drought had been broadcast across the world.

"We have had a pretty good response with random people all over the world asking to buy the calendars as they see the new stories of how the drought is doing and see it so completely dry.

"We have sold about 30 in the UK and quite a fair few in Germany and the US."

Lily Hulse and Britten Lockie get in the spirit of the day. Photo: Leila Grigg.

Lily Hulse and Britten Lockie get in the spirit of the day. Photo: Leila Grigg.

The calendars cost $20 each and can be purchased online at https://www.vetsuncovered.com.

Mr Britten said 10 per cent of the proceeds would go to Drought Angels and they had raised $1000 for the charity so far.

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