POWER ON: Claude “The Mowerman” Harvey treks along Moffatt St, Ipswich, on Friday on his walk from Toowoomba to Cleveland to raise money for Bravehearts.
POWER ON: Claude “The Mowerman” Harvey treks along Moffatt St, Ipswich, on Friday on his walk from Toowoomba to Cleveland to raise money for Bravehearts.

Push no for-lawn crusade

CLAUDE Harvey's mower has travelled further than most - it's been pushed down bush tracks, rolled over thousands of kilometres of bitumen and has pounded pavements across eastern Australia.

The "Mower Man" himself rolled into the Ipswich CBD on Friday, after a week spent walking from Toowoomba to Ipswich to raise money for Bravehearts, a national child protection advocacy organisation.

Mr Harvey, 67, is well into his 250km trek, which will end in Cleveland.

He has embarked on many fundraising journeys, and has raised $466,000.

Mr Harvey said his dream of stopping child assault "kept him going".

"I saw some reports about child sexual assault on TV and then I knew some children who went through it," Mr Harvey said.

"They have to pay the price of it for the rest of their lives; it's so sad."

Mr Harvey pushes a mower to draw attention to his walk by being quirky.

If that wasn't unusual enough, he also wears sandals on his walks.

"I like the breeze - sneakers just make you sweat," he laughed.

His latest walk took him to Gatton, Rosewood, Laidley and Grandchester.

Mr Harvey said he appreciated the kindness of local townspeople.

Mr Harvey will roll on to Redbank and Goodna today, before stopping at Carole Park and walking to Camira tomorrow.

His 16-day walk will end in Cleveland on Saturday, November 3.

Visit bravehearts.org.au to donate or find out more.



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