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."
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.
The Merb’ys donated a whopping $300,466.53 to @SpiritHorseNL from the sales of around 16,000 calendars #cbcnl https://t.co/GUh9ZS5Dsc— Jeremy Eaton (@Jeremy Eaton)1515858296.0
As you can see, the calendar pics are amazing.
And all for mental health! Fins well-donned, me Merb’ys. https://t.co/WbFLsyZRts— Seamus O'Regan (@Seamus O'Regan)1515944053.0
So why did the lads choose mermaids?
In case you were wondering, the word "Merb'ys" combines "mermaid" and "b'y," which is a local term for boy.… https://t.co/ZB8AOLNHcG— Beard Friendly (@Beard Friendly)1514999161.0
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.
The Merb'ys calendar is finally up, pride of place on the mantelpiece https://t.co/6zuI789KF9— Chris H. 😷 (@Chris H. 😷)1515898781.0
According to Hai, "real men' laugh at definitions and outdated gender stereotypes!"
January does not disappoint. Thank you SO MUCH @tpcanoe! #merman @NL_BeardClub https://t.co/JMQkGzRXuB— amy bell (@amy bell)1515167151.0
Hai thought this was a good way to raise money and awareness for Spirit Horse NL.
Tails up , it’s January and time to put up your #merbys2018 calendars! This month features @MainlanderHai , photos… https://t.co/10woilB79t— NL BMC (@NL BMC)1514852908.0
The club clearly went for it when creating the photos.
Der #merby calendar ist da! Thanks so much @nl_beardclub ❤️ https://t.co/TZ4kwyqmry— ⭐️Maria⭐️ (@⭐️Maria⭐️)1514533997.0
Also, we think this guy should've been included in the official calendar:
Granddad is in the running for the 2019 Merbys calendar #merbys @NL_BeardClub @SpiritHorseNL https://t.co/z1BUEWSLIr— Amanda (@Amanda)1514237786.0