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Celebrating man's best friend


The world’s largest Guide Dog, Gulliver, will join local dogs and their humans at the Western Sydney Parklands’ fifth annual Woof-Fest. The family friendly event will be held on Sunday, April 3 at Bungarribee Dog Park.

The 4.3 metre tall, 690 kilogram fibreglass blond Lab will help celebrate man’s best friend and spread a very important message to the local community.

Gulliver’s presence at Woof-Fest will give Guide Dogs NSW/ACT the chance to raise awareness of the free services the organisation provides to people who are blind or vision impaired.

“It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train one Guide Dog,” said Telemarketing Sales & Events Coordinator, Juli Ramsay.

“As we receive less than 2 per cent of our funding needs from the government, we rely on the public's generosity to fund our services, which are all provided at no cost to those who need them.”

Woof-Fest will showcase a whole kennel full of doggy activities and attractions, including the ‘Woof Factor’ dog talent competition, face painting for dogs and their humans, a dog artwork exhibition, a doggy shaped kid’s jumping castle, a dog caricature artist, and even some free dog training sessions for the public.

In addition to the many pawesome activities to enjoy on the day, the public will have the opportunity to support Guide Dogs by purchasing merchandise.

“With the demand for Guide Dogs’ services increasing due to growing numbers of people having trouble getting around as a result of vision loss, we’re incredibly grateful for the support we receive from the community,” Ms Ramsay said.

Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with uncorrectable vision loss, including nine who become blind.

For more information about Guide Dogs, visit www.guidedogs.com.au


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