Claude Harvey

Fundraising legend Claude “The Mower Man” falls victim to cruel scam

He’s been a tireless fundraising champion for years, but now Gold Coast icon Claude “The Mower Man” Harvey has been the victim of a cruel scam.

Claude has been pushing his trusty lawnmower around the country for more than 12 years, raising more than $1 million for victims of child sexual assault.

He’s been trying to raise $32,000 to able to buy a campervan to make his treks that little bit easier.

The 73-year-old thought his dream was about to come true when he received a message via his Facebook page from a man claiming to be from the United Nations Democracy Fund.

The man, whose profile said was Alan Dean Martin, told Claude they could get the campervan he so desperately wanted, and gave him instructions on how to receive the money he needed for it.

But he was then told that to release the funds, he needed to pay ‘administration fees’ of $650.

Claude handed over the money but was later told they needed another $1500 to guarantee the transaction.

That’s when Claude came to the realisation he’d been scammed.

Claude says at the time he was so excited because he thought he was finally going to get his campervan after all these years.

But he says he now feels stupid and foolish.

“It’s been pretty hard. I’m devastated, I really didn’t want to talk to anyone yesterday,” Claude told myGC.

“It’s been hard trying to get this campervan and people have donated money and I thought this offer was real.”

Claude is urging others to think twice before falling for such scams.

“If it sounds too good to be real, forget it.”

Claude has a GoFundMe page to help reach his target for the campervan.

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Doris Day

Hollywood actress Doris Day dies aged 97

Much loved Hollywood actress Doris Day has sadly passed away, aged 97.

Most known for her screen presence in films during the 1950s and ’60s, the actress passed while surrounded by close friends at her home in Carmel Valley California.

Her ‘Doris Day Animal Foundation’ confirmed the death overnight in a statement.

“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death.

“She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed,” the statement read.

The statement also mentioned that Ms Day – one of the most popular screen actresses in history, and prominent animal advocate – requested no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker.

“Doris’ passionate work on behalf of dogs, cats, horses, sea lions, raptors and other animals in need of rescue, veterinary care and adoption will not end.

“The Doris Day Animal Foundation is committed to continuing its work as a grant-giving organization, funding smaller animal welfare non-profits across the country.

“Doris’ wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker.

“Friends and fans wishing to remember Doris Day, are encouraged to visit www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org,” the statement read.

$77m in taxpayer funds for Aust gun clubs

AUSTRALIA’s governments have handed over more than $77 million to shooting clubs and lobby groups over the past five years, new data shows.

The figures collated by Gun Control Australia show the Queensland and NSW governments each spent more than $18 million on gun clubs and shooting complexes, while Victoria paid $16.8 million.

The bulk of the Queensland money was spent building the Belmont shooting complex in Brisbane for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The commonwealth government paid out $13.3 million in grants, entirely to Shooting Australia, the peak body for target shooting sports.

But GCA president Samantha Lee says the figure most alarming to her is the $1.7 million given to the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia to upgrade its gun clubs.

“While many sporting clubs hold sausage sizzles to keep afloat, the already cashed-up Sporting Shooters Association of Australia is flush with taxpayer funding,” she said in a statement on Saturday.

The GCA report quotes research from Sydney University gun policy expert Philip Alpers, who says the SSAA is the wealthiest sports shooting body in Australia, with more than double the assets held by Swimming Australia and annual income of about $20 million.

The 71-year-old organisation describes its aims as promoting shooting sports, including wildlife hunting, and protecting firearm owners’ interests.

It also says it works closely with the firearms industry to lobby politicians on gun issues.

“Although the participation rate in shooting sports is declining in Australia, the level of government funds remains high,” Ms Lee said.

“It’s no doubt a reflection of how effective the gun lobby’s backroom deals with politicians continue to be.”

Gun laws have been in the news recently, after an Al Jazeera undercover investigation showed One Nation officials travelling to the US to meet with and seek donations from the powerful National Rifle Association, and the party’s leader Pauline Hanson querying whether the Port Arthur massacre was a government conspiracy.

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Eagle-eyed Aussie spots $2.3b spelling mistake on new $50 note

THE Reserve Bank of Australia has been left red-faced after it was revealed 46 million newly-designed $50 notes currently in circulation contained a spelling error.

In near-microscopic reverse text detailing the inaugural parliamentary speech of Australia’s first female MP, Edith Cowan, the word “responsibility” has been printed without the third ‘i’, leaving “responsibilty“.

The RBA admitted on Thursday that the spelling mistake was printed repeatedly on each note before they entered circulation in October last year.

The typo appears three times in the text just above Edith Cowan’s shoulder on the note.

An eagle-eyed currency buff spotted the misprint and called Sydney’s Triple M radio station to expose it.

Forty-six million new $50 notes have been printed so far at a cost of $2.3 billion.

The RBA on Thursday said the typo would be corrected on future notes.

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Second electric scooter crash in Brisbane in as many days

Another man has been hospitalised after crashing an electric scooter in Brisbane overnight.

Emergency services were called to Moggill Road and Stanley Terrace in Taringa around 11.20pm.

It’s believed the man – in his 20s – was riding an electric scooter with a helmet on, before he hit a gutter and fell off.

He sustained face and arm injuries.

Paramedics treated him at the scene briefly, before taking him to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He’s believed to be in a stable condition.

It is unclear what brand of scooter the man was riding at the time of the incident, though the incident is the second of its kind in as many days.

A man in his 50s fell from a LIME scooter just after midnight yesterday morning.

The man then suffered a heart attack after the fall, and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

His current condition is unknown.