Pushing a mower to raise funds
CLAUDE 'the Mower Man' Harvey passed through the Whitsundays this week on his incredible 2,260km 'mow-a-thon' to raise money for charity, Bravehearts.
Every year since 1998, Mr Harvey has embarked on long distance mowing journeys to raise money and awareness for children who have been sexually abused and the 67-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.
A lawn mowing contractor before he retired, Mr Harvey launched his annual mow-a-thon campaign after two young girls he knew were sexually abused on the Gold Coast.
"I have raised over $400,000 for Bravehearts over the years and all the money goes to help empower, educate and protect sexually abused children," he said.
"This year's mow-a-thon is the biggest ever and I'm passing through 47 different cities and towns between Mt Isa and the Gold Coast. It all started off as something I would do around the Gold Coast but it keeps getting bigger and better every year which is great for Bravehearts."
Mr Harvey is particularly passionate about providing funds for school programs so children all over Australia can feel safe and happy in their surroundings.
Bravehearts is Australia's leading children's charity which deals exclusively with the issue of child sexual assault and offers specialist therapy, support, education and legislative reform.
Every $10 raised this year will protect a child with Bravehearts' Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure Program which teaches children personal safety and helps them devise strategies to protect themselves and get help if they are in danger.
Anyone wishing to donate to the 2012 mow-a-thon can visit www.bravehearts.org.au or by phoning 5552 3000.