Gulliver travelling to Coffs
THE world's biggest guide dog is coming to town.
Gulliver the larger than life Labrador will be in Coffs Harbour this weekend as part of a giant tour to ensure that the National Disability Insurance Scheme doesn't overlook people with vision impairment.
The two-month roadshow is raising awareness of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's NDIS: A Vision for All campaign.
The campaign is seeking 10,000 signatures in support of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's call for the government to ensure that the NDIS funds orientation and mobility services, including canes and guide dogs, for people whose functional mobility is affected by vision loss.
Gulliver will be in City Square between 9am and 12pm this Saturday, August 25 and will then be at Brontosaurus Pet Shop, 2/311 Mastracolas Rd, between 12.30 and 4pm.
On Sunday Gulliver will be soaking up the atmosphere at the Jetty Foreshores between 8am and 2pm, Sunday 26 August
The CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Dr Graeme White said vision loss on the rise.
"With the number of NSW and ACT residents aged over 40 with vision loss projected to reach 100,000 by 2020 NDIS funding will be critical to enabling us to meet growing demand for our vital services," Der White said.
" Without these services, people with vision loss become disconnected from their community, dependent on others to get around and are at a higher risk of accidents and depression," Dr White said.
Go to www.visionloss.org.au to add your signature and message of support to the campaign.