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Male role models: Fab 2022 calendar celebrates good guys

Honouring achievements not just aesthetics

They say everyone loves a bad boy, that is until they cheat, ‘borrow’ money they don’t pay back, or ghost you.

So, why doesn’t society applaud the nice guys instead?

One woman is determined to shift this and shine a light on the positive role models that men can be, honouring their achievements instead of just aesthetics.

[Credit: The Good Guys Calendar]

On her mission to champion the trustworthy fellas, Karen Banfield has taken a unique approach by immortalising 12 heroes into a calendar.

Coined ‘The Good Guys Calendar’, Karen pieced her creation together by interviewing men from diverse backgrounds, sharing their stories alongside photos.

Speaking about her idea, the energy healer said she was inspired to put something out into the world that is a “celebration of men living heart-centred lives”.

[Credit: The Good Guys Calendar]

Karen said: “During the pandemic, I decided to focus on the goodness around me, specifically the men who were showing up with generous spirits and open hearts.

“I focused on men because the news has been overfull of negative role models, and I believe that having positive role models is essential.”

She continued: “These men have touched many lives in small, often unnoticed ways, bringing a generous spirit that made me smile and just as often brought me to tears.”

So, it’s time to tear your eyes away from Tinder for a moment and meet Severo Lara, aka Mr September, instead.

This single dad of two girls was elected mayor of the town of Ojai, California, humbly rocking up to events on his bike while his peers often arrive in flashy, expensive cars.

[Credit: The Good Guys Calendar]

Reflecting on a moment after one of her performances, Karen said Severo came to the rescue when she needed to transport chairs from the theatre to a storage unit.

Karen said: “Severo was the one who showed up in the rain, after he had worked all day, to help load, transport and unload the chairs.”

Meanwhile, Snow Talifero, also known as Mr March, impressed Karen following the Thomas Fire, which threatened to become the state’s largest-ever wildfire in 2017.

After it nearly engulfed their small city, northwest of LA, firefighter Snow posted on a local website that he would cut down dead trees for free to help keep people safe.

[Credit: Karen Banfield]

Karen said: “I’m a person with two afflictions: one, the delusion I am still capable of cutting down a tree at my advanced age, and two, that I should do everything myself.

“So, it was with trepidation and a little shame that I contacted Snow and asked for his service. He arrived the very next day, with his entire family in tow. They were going out to dinner, and in no time at all, he had cut the tree and readied it for removal.”

Chatting to The Good News Network, she added that it’s the little things that matter and those tasks that often feel impossible for one person but easy for another.

Karen concluced: “I never forget kindness, and value those who offer it with such grace and freedom.”

To prove that nice guys don’t finish last, click here: The Good Guys Calendar.

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