Mower man does it for the kids
CLAUDE 'the Mower Man' Harvey is at it again, pushing his mower and raising money for the charity close to his heart, Bravehearts.
He stopped at Biloela on Saturday on his latest major trek through rural Queensland, which began in Toowoomba on June 17 and will end in Mackay on July 24.
On Monday he met Mayor Nev Ferrier who donated $200 to his cause.
"I think it's a great thing that he has donated so much of his life to protecting kids,” Cr Ferrier said.
Mr Harvey was invited to have morning tea at the council chambers and staff generously donated to the cause.
Bravehearts is Australia's leading child protection organisation providing child protection training and education initiatives.
Mr Harvey is hoping to raise $30,000 on this trip to bring his total fundraising amount to the $1.2million dollar mark. It stands at 1,111,652.81.
As of Monday Mr Harvey said he had almost raised $20,000 on this trip.
The Gold Coast resident has been fundraising for Bravehearts since 2006.
"I got involved with this because two little girls down in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast were playing in their backyard, three and four years old, six foot fence around their yard and a 16-year-old boy climbed the fence and sexually abused them both,” Mr Harvey said.
"And all he got was a pat on the back and told to be a good boy and that's not right.”
While most 73-year-olds would be enjoying their retirement, Mr Harvey doesn't see an end in sight.
"I'll keep doing this until the day I die,” he said.
"I just can't help myself.
"I have never thought in all the years I've been doing it that this is the last one.”
Mr Harvey counts his journey from Newcastle to Sydney in 2015 as one of the most exciting trips.
"I walked all the way and truckies driving by were taking pictures of me walking in the rain.”
On another trek in Mt Isa in 2010, the Mt Isa Mine manager said if Mr Harvey could meet him at Mt Isa lookout he would be up there with his cheque book and a pen.
"I met him up there and he gave me a cheque for $5500.”
The Mower Man's hard work and dedication has been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List to be presented on October 7.
"I love doing what I do for the children of Australia because I know I am helping lots of children and I know people love me and I am making people happy with what I am doing.”