A long road to mow: Claude's travels 1000km for Bravehearts
CLAUDE Harvey is clocking up many kilometres with his mower, but he's not trimming any lawns.
The 70-year-old Gold Coast man, known as Claude the Mower Man, is pushing his lawnmower 1000km from the Gold Coast to Sydney to raise funds for Bravehearts - a charity which aims to protect Aussie kids from child sexual assault.
Mr Harvey has been raising money for child protection advocate Bravehearts for a decade, and is now partway through the journey which will see him visit 43 towns over 10 weeks.
Having mowed down around 17,000km through previous 'mowerthons', the veteran fundraiser said he became involved with child sexual assault charity work through personal connections.
"Two little girls I know where sexually abused by their neighbour. They're very close to my heart," he said.
"I think almost every family has been touched by this (issue) - one way or another."
Mr Harvey said he'd been involved with other similar charities, until he heard about Bravehearts.
Mr Harvey has raised $731,000 for Bravehearts over his years fundraising for Bravehearts, with a goal to one day reach the $1 million mark.
He's got many tales to tell - In 2013 he walked from Toowoomba to Redlands Bay in temperatures up to 42 degrees Celsius.
"I got lost on that trip too. It was meant to be a 250km walk but it ended up being over 400km - I took a wrong turn!" he laughed.
His favourite story, however, is from his 2008 mowerthon.
When he went to push his mower over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, he was promptly stopped and questioned.
"Security guards thought I was pushing a bomb onto the bridge!" Mr Harvey said.
Ballina mayor David Wright was there to welcome Mr Harvey to town, and congratulated him on his efforts to help the cause.
"Anybody that gives up their time for charity is amazing," Cr Wright said.
Mr Harvey will be collecting donations in Alstonville again today and tomorrow, and then you can spot him and his trusty mower in Lismore on Thursday and Friday; in Kyogle over the weekend; and in Casino Monday to Wednesday of next week.