Mowing the long paddock

Claude ‘the mowerman’ Harvey is mowing our way.

Claude ‘the mowerman’ Harvey is mowing our way.

Claude ‘the mowerman’ Harvey will be trimming Tenterfield on Tuesday, November 21 in an attempt to mow-down 1200 kms from Murwillumbah to Toowoomba.

The 14-day fundraising mission will see Claude push his trusty, customised-cutter through 12 towns from Northern NSW to the Darling Downs. It comes on the back of the 71-year-old Gold Coast grandfather hitting a 10-year fundraising total of more than $1 million for child protection charity Bravehearts.

“I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road and raising funds to help Bravehearts prevent child sexual assault,” Claude said.

“My plan is to raise another $1 million to help educate, empower and protect children from this crime and to also raise awareness.

“My mower and I create a fair bit of attention and I’m grateful for all the support and well-wishes I get from the generous people I get to meet along the way. They encourage and inspire me to keep going.”

Claude’s efforts has resulted in him trudging through 86 pairs of his trademark sandals across more than 25,000 kms of the Australian landscape, from Hobart to Hamilton, Bundaberg to Biloela and everywhere in between.

Born in Kempsey, NSW in 1945, Claude became an active and dedicated Bravehearts volunteer after reading news of a sex offender who was arrested for sexually assaulting a child – a crime that will affect one in five Australian children before they turn 18.

Since then, this super senior has become a hero to thousands of kids, with supporters turning out wherever he ‘mows’.

“People are supportive and always keen stop for chat, donate some money and take a few pictures with me and my famous lawnmower,” Claude said.

He will be meeting up with mayor Peter Petty (and possibly giving Bruxner Park a trim) around 9am on Tuesday.

For help or support, Bravehearts can be reached on 1800 272 831.