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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: A mermaiding student takes part in a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Men are transforming themselves into mermen. No, it’s not because they are obsessed with The Little Mermaid! These big, bearded men are donning tails in order to raise money for mental health.

“Merb’ys” who belong to the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Mustache Club, decided to find a unique way to raise money. The guys decided to shoot a full 12-month calendar of them dressed up as the mythological creatures, and the calendars have become an instant hit all over the world.

 

The group partners with Spirit House in order to create this fantastic sight. According to their website, “Spirit Horse NL aims to enhance the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses.”

The 2018 calendar will be available for purchase on November 18th and costs $25.

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Mustache Club was founded in January 2017. The whole purpose of the group is to…well, you probably guessed it, promote facial hair. Those fond of their locks can join the group and raise money for awesome organizations.

 

As they stated on their website, they welcome “all ages, genders, abilities, ethnic, sexual, religious backgrounds and ability to (or not) grow Facial Hair.”

 

If you are looking to purchase something a little different for a person in your life, the calendar may be the perfect gift! It not only supports a good cause, but it also will give you a laugh while flipping through the pages of the calendar.

We applaud these mermen for doing great things to support people who need the help.

 

Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp