AUSTRALIA’s favourite mowerman, Claude Harvey, will push his customised cutter for child safety – this time from Caboolture to Bundaberg, hoping to bring his total fundraising efforts for Bravehearts to $700,000.
The 68-year-old grandfather will visit 30 towns throughout Queensland during his mowerthon, departing the Gold Coast on May 27. During his 53 day journey he plans to visit such towns as Kilcoy, Kingaroy, Biloela, Gladstone and Gin Gin before concluding his trip on July 18 in Bundaberg and aims to raise $50,000 for Australian children affected by sexual assault.
“I have been fundraising for Bravehearts for more than a decade and I hope to raise funds for another decade,” said Claude.
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“Bravehearts is a charity close to my heart and my ultimate goal is to raise $1 million so this wonderful organisation can continue to offer its vital services to Australian children in need.
“I look forward to meeting fellow Queenslanders on my trip, promoting Bravehearts services and ensuring children in these regional communities know that Bravehearts is there to support them and their families.”
This trip adds to Claude’s incredible 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 collectively he raised a remarkable $178,579.40 to aid Bravehearts’ education and counselling programs. In April Claude returned from a 62-day trip of Tasmania where he raised $69,439.10 for kids on the Apple Isle.
In addition, 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.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston, praised Claude’s ongoing efforts in helping Bravehearts to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
“Claude is one of our most devoted supporters; he has a passion and desire to protect every child in Australia and I can’t thank him enough,” said Ms Johnston.
“He is a national living treasure and I encourage everyone to get behind him on his latest mowerthon in Queensland where our Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show has educated more than 25,000 kids about protective behaviours.”
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.