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Mower Man passes through on two-month trip

Mower Man Claude Harvey visits Hervey Bay and Maryborough with his mower for charity.
Mower Man Claude Harvey visits Hervey Bay and Maryborough with his mower for charity. Helen Spelitis

WHY has 68-year-old Claude Harvey been pushing a lawnmower across Australia for 10 years?

"I was thinking one day that if I just walked nobody would take notice of me but if I get around with a lawnmower the whole world will take notice of me," Mr Harvey said.

And the whole world has.

Over the past decade the husband, father of two and grandfather of six has raised more than $651,000 for Bravehearts, a charity that focuses on child protection through education.

Originally from the Gold Coast, "Claude the Mower Man" spends four months of every year travelling about the country with his decorated lawn mower.

"I used to have a big lawn mowing business on the Gold Coast but I sold my business to do this," he said.

"I've been across 99% of Queensland, I've just come back from doing Tasmania, and I've even been over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a lawn mower."

In the past week he spent one day each in Maryborough and Hervey Bay, where he walked around town collecting money from the public.

At the moment Mr Harvey is half way through his two-month trip which will see him continue heading north before ending on July 18 in Bundaberg.

Topics:  claude harvey hervey bay maryborough



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