SOME people dream of fame and fortune but Gail Sergi dreams of helping others instead.
Inspired by the movie Calendar Girls, Mrs Sergi has come up with an idea to inject vital funds into Griffith Can Assist.
“I watched the movie, went to bed and woke up with the idea of doing a calendar featuring a dozen local businesswomen. I just woke up and thought I want to do this,” she said.
“It was such a vivid dream and when I get something in my head I’m known to make things happen.
“My mum and my best friend had cancer. Just about everyone in Griffith has been touched in one way or another, so it’s important we help Can Assist because it all stays in town.”
Mrs Sergi, soon to be known as Miss September, said the calendar would officially be launched on August 30 at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery.
The images for the calendar are currently being shot by Maries Photographics and will be titled Dare to be ... 2013.
“All of the money raised will go to Can Assist,” Mrs Sergi said.
“There has been amazing support so far from businesses around town.
“We did think about making it a nude calendar but decided we’d just go really sexy instead.”
Griffith Can Assist vice-president Olga Forner said she was amazed by the generosity shown.
“It is wonderful that a group of people have come forward to support Can Assist knowing that we’ve lost Dancing With Our Stars and The Good Guys,” she said.
“They were both very important supporters of the charity.
“But this is going to be one very exciting project to be involved in and we thank them all so much.”
The other 11 calendar girls are Susan Salvestro from Maureens, Lesley Miller from Tainey Boutique, Fran Campbell from Essential Bags and Accessories, Julie Armstrong from Farm Stay at Carrathool, local artist Jenny Forster, Jeannette Cunial from Elders Real Estate, Christine Minato from Eclipse Essential Spa, Benta Scarfone from Harvey World, Dee Burge from Under the Arches, Mim Macedone from Broomes and Annette O’Brien from La Fleur.