The Golden Guernsey Goat Trail is a community project organised by Autism Guernsey with Support from GALP. Everyone can get involved in some way.
Local businesses and individuals have been invited to sponsor and name a goat, and the goats are decorated by local artists, clubs and community groups, schools, charities, and day centres. Each goat will be unique.
The goats will be fitted to plinths made by the Guernsey Prison, Paul's Joinery, R & D De Jersey and R.H. Le Tissier, which will include fixed plaques detailing the names of the goat, sponsor and designer/painter. Plaques, kindly supplied by Dowding Signs, detailing the names of the goat, sponsor and designer/painter will be fixed to the plinths.
By 'adopting' one of the goats, the company name will be presented in a totally different way. Positioned in locations all over the island, the goats will be immediately striking, eye-catching and memorable. They will have genuine 'stopping power'. We know from the previous parades that visitors and locals enjoy seeing all the animals and that footfall increases in those locations where the animals are placed.
This is a major community project with high impact. The goats will be 'on parade' for over ten weeks, and will inevitably attract considerable media interest.
Sponsors had the opportunity to brief the artist on the design of 'their' goat to ensure the design reflects their particular business. The only stipulation was that the design did not include names or logos since these could limit the attraction to potential bidders at the auction.
There is the option for the sponsor to bid for the goat at auction after the parade so that it can take up permanent residence in the organisation, subject to planning.