A Calendar Full of Burly, Fish-Tailed 'Mermen' Is Raising Boatloads of Money for Charity | 22 Words

Every so often your dreams come true. For instance, stumbling across a calendar of burly men dressed as mermaids to raise money for a good cause. Yes, this is a very specific dream but you can't argue it's a wonderful one.

But the absolute best part? It's now a reality, thanks to The Beard and Moustache Club of Newfoundland. Newfoundland & Labrador Beard and Mustache Club partnered with Spirit Hourse NL for a charity calendar of "Merb'ys."

Ummm, yes.

So what exactly is a 'merb'y'?

Merb'ys is a mix of the words "mermaid" and "b'y" which is a Newfoundland term that means "buddy" or "boy". Basically, it's our new favorite word that we will be saying for the rest of the year.

The sale of the calendar raised over $300,000 dollars for Spirit Horse, which donates every penny to making their programs accessible to those who need it most.

"Spirit Horse NL aims to enhance the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses," it says on the Newfoundland & Labrador Beard and Mustache Club website. "Those who work with the Spirit Horse team will achieve an understanding of themselves that is sometimes difficult to attain through other forms of therapy."

As you can see, the calendar pics are amazing.

Each page has a bearded, brawny man dressed as a mermaid and it's absolutely fantastic. Beards and mermaid fins? What kind of perfect world is this?

So why did the lads choose mermaids?

According to the founder of the club, Hasan Hai, the idea came to him when his friend sent a mermaid photo his way via Facebook. "I'm the kind of fellow who embraces challenges and fun and whimsical ways of fund-raising for good causes, so I embraced the life aquatic ... and dove in," he told CafeMom.

Hai told BuzzFeed that it was quite the ambitious shoot!

"Behind the scenes, when the camera's not running, there's a lot of hopping involved -- and squirming," he told them. Hai explaines that even though the calendar shoot is silly and fun, he really wants to break the mold of society's view of masculinity. What does Hai think about masculinity?

"Men can be vulnerable, and can show emotion and affection," he told CafeMom.

"We can wear wild colors and hold hands. We can be all shapes and sizes, and there is no stigma in any of it!" Speak on it, Hai! We're over here snapping our fingers.

According to Hai, "real men' laugh at definitions and outdated gender stereotypes!"

We can get behind that sentiment. The mermaid calendar was an absolute success and sold tons of copies. Over $300,000 dollars worth of calendars, to be precise.

Hai thought this was a good way to raise money and awareness for Spirit Horse NL.

"They're desperately in need of funds and awareness because it's expensive to raise and upkeep horses," Hai explained. "I figured right away that this is a cause our club to get behind."

The club clearly went for it when creating the photos.

With their glittered beards and whimsical makeup, it's almost as if we're transported to another land! Can someone make a movie based off of this calendar?

Also, we think this guy should've been included in the official calendar:

Way to go, bearded men of Newfoundland! Thanks for this little nugget of light and good news.