But Claude Harvey, aka Australia’s favourite mower-man, trudged on against icy gale forced winds on a quest to raise as much money as possible for Tasmanian kids and their families affected by sexual assault.
Claude has completed his 62-day trip of Tasmania, visiting close to 40 towns throughout the Apple Isle and raising a whopping $69,439.10 – bringing his total raised for Bravehearts to $651,046.43.
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All money raised will help fund Bravehearts acclaimed personal safety program – Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure show – taught in childcare centres and lower primary school children in Tasmania.
“I love fundraising for Bravehearts, I am passionate about its education show which teaches protective behaviours to keep kids safe and as long as my feet touch the ground, I will continue to mow down the issue of child sexual assault,” says Claude, 68.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston describes the Grandfather as ‘an absolute legend’ with a heart of gold.
“It just goes to show what one man and a lawnmower can do – I wish we could replicate Claude 100 times over,” she says.
“He is a true character and a wonderful supporter with a passion and vision to ensure every child in Australia knows that Bravehearts is there to support them.”
Claude’s Tassie trip adds to an incredible list of endeavours including, a gruelling 105-day mowerthon from Gold Coast to Townsville in April 2013 and his 77-day trek from Mt Isa to the Gold Coast in April 2012, where he collectively raised a remarkable $178,579.40 to aid Bravehearts’ education and counselling programs.
Each September he completes an annual walk from the NSW border to Hope Island (QLD) return during Child Protection Week and in 2013 he raised a record $15,000.
Research shows 1 in 5 Australian children (59,000 pa) will be sexually assaulted in some way before their 18th birthday – a number which Bravehearts aims to halve by 2020.
Claude’s Mowerthon would not have been possible without the support of the community and Claude and Bravehearts would like to thank the following people who contributed: 40/40 Creative; R.A.R Embossed; Kane Donaldson Pinstriping and Lettering; Copy Plus Burleigh; Leda Signs; Spano’s IGA; Hinterland Mowers; Co-op Toyota Tasmania, Stocklands Burleigh and Camping Plus Labrador.
Also, a big thank you to all who have donated accommodation: Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park (Hobart), Port Arthur Holiday Park (Port Arthur), Sunset Beach Holiday Cabins (Sorell), Richmond Arms (Richmond), Sanda House (Orford),Swansea Motor Inn, Bicheno by the Bay (Bicheno), Mariton House B & B (St Marys), Hillcrest Tourist Park (St Helens),The Abel Tasman (Launceston), Panorama Estate (Legana), Penguin Holiday Apartment (Penguin), Madsens (Penguin),Ikon Hotel (Burnie), The Westbury Gingerbread Cottages (Westbury), Fitzpatricks Inn (Westbury), Edgewater Devonport.