bare necessity - 3rd December 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
A group of mothers has launched a nude calendar to
raise funds for a new kindergarten in their coastal
Yummie Mummies Bear All calendar hit the streets of
Airlie Beach in Queensland's Whitsundays region today.
leader Fiona Van Blarcom said the region was going
through a population boom and desperately needed a
calender concept was inspired by Mrs Van Blarcom hearing
about a group of older Tasmanian women who successfully
raised funds for a new hall by posing nude.
Melburnian Mrs Van Blarcom said 13 mothers aged between
30 and 46, including herself, agreed to bare all with
teddy bears in a picture shoot at the kindergarten.
Van Blarcom is no stranger to controversy.
husband Dan gained national fame this year when disendorsed
as a Queensland election candidate by the Nationals
for the seat of Whitsunday because of alleged links
with the Nazi Party in his youth in the 1970s.
Van Blarcom, a well known Whitsundays identity and
community worker, had claimed he was working as an
undercover operative for the Australian government.
Van Blarcom said some of the calendar participants
were reluctant to pose at first but realised it was
for a worthy cause and made them feel good about themselves.
and partners were consulted about the photos but Mrs
Van Blarcom said the calendar was being pitched at
not for the mechanic's wall, we're hoping other mums
will want to buy it," the mother of two small
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