Students get naked for charity

Massey's 'Barely There' calendar nets $3K

MICHAEL FORBES
Last updated 14:49 09/12/2011

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Massey University students have made thousands of dollars this year by taking off their clothes.

The university's 'Barely There 2010-11' calendar - which features naked third-year veterinary students posing behind well-positioned animals and props - has raised $3000 for SPCA Canterbury.

The donation will be presented to the organisation tomorrow by three Christchurch-based students.

Calendar sponsor and New Zealand Veterinary Association chief executive officer Julie Hood said the students had a fundraising target of just $2500 in mind when the calendars went on sale in May.

"But they're delighted to be donating $500 more than the original prediction of 10 per cent of sales," she said.

The calendar has become an annual tradition at Massey, with this edition being its fifth.

The vet students bare all to raise funds for a trip to mark the halfway point in their degree, as well as a chosen charity.

This year, funds were also raised through independent auctions.

The students hope the money raised will help the SPCA Canterbury continue their work protecting the region's animals from abuse and mistreatment, especially those left homeless by the Canterbury earthquakes.

For the December photo, the class stripped bare at Himatangi Beach, arriving late on a balmy February afternoon, expecting it to be empty but "hundreds" of people were still there.

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