Grandfather mows for Bravehearts

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Queensland's Claude Harvey is travelling through Australian towns with his mower raising money for Bravehearts.
Camera IconQueensland's Claude Harvey is travelling through Australian towns with his mower raising money for Bravehearts. Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

In his 10th year, Queensland’s Claude Harvey and Australia’s favourite lawn mower has made his way to WA as part of his “mowerthon” for Bravehearts, where he aims to mow down a $1 million fundraising milestone to help protect Australian children.

Every step Mr Harvey takes with his mower is a step towards a world in which children won’t have their innocence stolen, as he is walking to raise funds and awareness for Bravehearts, an organisation that aims to educate, empower and protect Aussie children from sexual assault.

The 70-year-old Queensland grandfather, recognisable by his coin-collecting mower, which has clocked more than 20,000km, has raised more than $830,000 for the child protection organisation over the past decade.

His 26-day Brave Hearts of the West mowerthon begain in Fremantle on April 28 and he arrived in Albany on May 9.

Mr Harvey said he was excited about taking Bravehearts’ child protection messages through WA for the first time.

“Protecting kids is something very close to my heart,” he said.

“I knew two little kids, four and five, who were sexually assaulted and from then I decided I had to do something about it, so I started pushing my lawnmower.”

“I thought if I walk or run no one would take notice of me, but if I pushed a mower, the whole world would take notice of me.”

Mr Harvey said he was worried he would be wasting his time coming to WA because no one would know who he was and what he was doing.

“As soon as I got here I’ve been really welcomed into WA and people have been absolutely marvellous,” he said.

Follow Claude’s journey at www.facebook.com/ClaudeTheMowerMan and help him achieve the $1 million fundraising milestone.

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