Wests Tigers is proud to promote the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT 'Kicking Goals for Guide Dogs & Vision Loss campaign for the match against the Cronulla Sharks tonight.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will have a range of merchandise available, including 'Little Gullivers' and a donation tin for supporters.
Naomi Bolter and George Cham might not be able to see a game of rugby league but that won't stop tonight. Naomi and her guide dog, Maggie, and George, with the aid of his long cane, will walk in front of Captain Robbie Farah lead the Wests Tigers out on the field for the NRL match.
Both attended training at Concord Oval on Monday to meet the Wests Tigers players ahead of the match. The cute puppies from the Guide Dogs NSW also attracted plenty of friendly attention from the players.
The 'Kicking Goals for Guide Dogs & Vision Loss campaign sees the four football codes who share tenancy at the SCG and Allianz Stadium - Wests Tigers (rugby league), the Sydney Swans (AFL), Sydney FC (soccer) and the NSW Waratahs (rugby union) unite to support Guide Dogs NSW/ACTs free services for people with vision impairment.
VISIT GUIDE DOGS NSW/ACT
BECOME A GUIDE DOG PUPPY RAISER
GUIDE DOGS AT WESTS TIGERS TRAINING
Guide Dogs NSW/ACTs giant model dog is a replica of the iconic, fibreglass model guide dog collection boxes that Australians are accustomed to seeing in shopping centres since the 1970s.
The biggest of his kind in the world, the model guide dog was unveiled in Sydney in March 2010. Following a public competition he was named Gulliver in recognition that guide dogs are legally allowed to accompany their owners into all public venues and onto all forms of public transport. It also recognises that Guide Dogs NSW/ACTs Orientation and Mobility Instructors travel anywhere their services are required.
What are Gullivers vital statistics?
Made of foam and coated in fibreglass, and weighing 690 kilograms, Gulliver is 4.3 metres tall on his trailer, which is 2.3m wide, and 5m long.
How long did he take to build?
Around 6 months.
Who built Gulliver?
A company that also builds Guide Dogs NSW/ACTs collection model dogs.
How do you move him around?
Gulliver travels on his trailer behind an approved vehicle.
How far has Gulliver travelled since he was built?
To date Gulliver has travelled over 15,000 kilometres across eastern Australia, visiting around 50 regional towns and cities on seven regional trips.
Why did you build Gulliver?
Gulliver helps to raise awareness of Guide Dogs NSW/ACTs services that enable people who are blind or have impaired vision to get around independently.
Services include training people in how to safely and confidently get from A to B either using a guide cane, electronic travel aid like talking GPS mobile phone software, a guide dog, or their remaining vision.
Gulliver is also a handy reminder to the public that their generosity is needed to fund the provision of our services. For example, it costs $30,000 to raise and train each guide dog and the demand for these services is increasing.
What else will the giant dog be used for?
Gulliver will be used for regional and national tours where he will help to raise awareness of the access rights of guide dog users and the free services provided by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
Where people can expect to see Gulliver during his tour of regional NSW?
Gullivers travels can be followed on Guide Dogs NSW/ACTs Facebook page and on Twitter @guidedogsnswact.