Gulliver the Guide Dogs mascot visits St Josephs School, South Grafton on Friday.
Gulliver the Guide Dogs mascot visits St Josephs School, South Grafton on Friday. Lachlan Thompson

Gulliver travels to St Joeys

A PERSON with a fear of dogs would have been forgiven for running a mile from St. Joseph's Primary on Friday.

However if they returned they would have found that the gigantic pooch on the school's oval was there to promote a friendly cause and was, in any case, made out of fibreglass.

The larger-than-life labrador is called Gulliver and was brought to South Grafton to promote Guide Dogs NSW.

He took six months to build out of foam and fibreglass and is the country's first and only travelling "big thing".

He has been on the road for more than two years and in that time covered just under 15,000 kilometres.

In his travels Gulliver has visited more than 50 towns.

He is part of a campaign to attain 10,000 community signatures in support of the organisation's plight to get more funding for the vision- impaired.

Students were educated on how guide dogs and canes are used by the visually impaired to help them gain mobility.

They sat on the edge of the oval and seemed genuinely interested and a little amused by the massive dog.

"We've been running a mix of events and it is just a shame we couldn't visit more schools," said a spokesperson from Guide Dogs NSW.

People who want to be part of the organisation's initiatives should visit www.guidedogs.com.au



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