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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 September, 2004, 11:42 GMT 12:42 UK
Vicar's support for nude calendar
Front cover of 'Exposed 2005'
The calendar features 13 women from Horsley
A Gloucestershire vicar is lending his support to a nude calendar by displaying the images in his church.

The Rev Stephen Earley from St Martins in Horsley, launched 'Exposed 2005' after a service on Sunday commemorating the genocide in Rwanda, Africa.

"I've been very impressed by the calendar, the pictures have all been very tastefully shot," he said.

The charity calendar, featuring local women, aims to help survivors of the genocide and victims of rape and HIV.

More than 5,000 of the calendars, costing 10, have been printed.

The launch of the calendar on 26 September marked the 10th anniversary of the genocide.

Rachel Stevens, 45, who appears for the June entry, helped organise the project.

She said: "The widows left in Rwanda are now dying. It's a horrendous situation.

'Tasteful manner'

"About two years ago we wondered how we could raise some money for the victims of the genocide.

"We decided to do a nude calendar, but wanted to do it in a tasteful manner. The results are a powerful and sensitive set of photos.

"The calendar is more evocative than provocative which is how we wanted it, considering the juxtaposition of nakedness with the subject matter."

The women were photographed by Angela Williams whose work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery.


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