A Calendar Full of Burly, Fish-Tailed ‘Mermen’ Is Raising Boatloads of Money for Charity

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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.

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.

“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.”

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?

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.

“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?

“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.

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.

“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.”

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?

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