Claude Harvey is mowing his way to Cairns to raise money for Bravehearts.
Claude Harvey is mowing his way to Cairns to raise money for Bravehearts. Scottie Simmonds

Mowing to stop child abuse

AN old, slightly wobbly Victa lawnmower will be making its way around Bundaberg over the next few days as a part of the Claude Harvey’s walk across Queensland to raise money for Bravehearts.

Mr Harvey arrived in Bundaberg on Wednesday morning with his lawnmower which he will push around to local businesses asking for donations to help the child sexual assault counselling charity.

The Gold Coast man is travelling up the coast to Cairns in his van, stopping at towns to walk around with his mower, asking for donations.

“I first started this 12 years ago because I used to live next to two little girls aged three and four who were both sexually abused,” he said.

“I wanted to do something to help them and this seemed like a good way.”

But the walk was not always such a great success.

“The first year I did it, I raised 30 cents and last year I raised $39,131,” he said.

Bravehearts executive director and founder Hetty Johnston said last year’s efforts would equate to almost 800 children receiving specialist sexual assault counselling.

Mr Harvey has timed his arrival in Cairns to coincide with White Balloon Day on September 7 - a day dedicated to combating child sexual assault.



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