Hilltops Naked Farmers calendar raises more than $6000

Ellie Burstal and Chontelle Perrin presenting Anna from Margaret House with the money raised by the Hilltops Naked Calendars. Photo: Bec Hewson
Ellie Burstal and Chontelle Perrin presenting Anna from Margaret House with the money raised by the Hilltops Naked Calendars. Photo: Bec Hewson

It started as the brainchild of Ellie Burstal and Chris Carrie and it only grew from there with the two joining with other locals to create the first ever Hilltops Naked calendar.

The culmination of all of the hard work from organisers, photographer Chontelle Perrin as well as the myriad of models culminated in a whopping $6087.50 being donated to Margaret House on Tuesday afternoon.

"Thank you so much," Margaret House's Anna said. "We're actually in the middle of renovations at the house, so this will be going to very good use."

The calendars were created to help raise awareness about mental health issues and suicide rates not only in and around Young but in rural areas across the country.

According to Ellie it is a bit of light hearted fun bringing a spotlight on a very serious issue.

"Our aim is to try and encourage farmers and people living in rural areas that talking about mental health issues and seeking help is imperative as scary as it may seem at the time," Ellie said.

There are a lot of people who the organisers wanted to thank, including all the models and families, Chontelle Perrin, Donges Supa IGA, Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network, The Stables Day Spa, Delta Agribusiness, South West Tractors, Young Workwear, Braddo's Plumbing, MA Steel, N Grills Equine Body Therapy, Giddy Up Gags and Bits, Wilder's Motorcycles, Keith Simmons Engineering, Diverse Range, Bryan Dorman Transport and Will Dodge.

Photo: Chontelle Perrin

Photo: Chontelle Perrin

Ellie, Chris and Chontelle are already on the search for their next models with the 2020 calendar already in the planning stages. 

"The next calendar will go towards Lifeline," Ellie said.

The group are very excited to work on next year's project and have reached out to other community organisations to come on board for the project.

The Hilltops Naked Calendar team are calling on any and all locals or businesses who would like to participate for a great cause with anyone who wants to take part asked to contact them through either the Hilltops Naked Farmers Calendar Facebook page or via the website at https://www.hilltopsnakedfarmer.com/.