Claude ‘The Mower Man’ Harvey isn’t like most 74-year-old men.
The Gold Coast-retiree is walking across Australia while pushing a lawn mower to spread awareness of sexual assault against children and to raise money for child protection organisation Bravehearts.
He has raised more than $1.2 million during his previous tours and is aiming to collect more during this trip in a bid to assist Bravehearts in providing counselling and education services to schools and families.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the city was ready to welcome Mr Harvey to Townsville this Sunday.
“What Claude does every year is nothing short of incredible. I am in awe that year after year he has gone above and beyond to raise money for a cause that is close to his heart,” Cr Hill said.
“Abuse and violence is an issue that we should all be aware of, and one that we need to band together to end.
“We can all play our part to put a stop to abuse against children, whether that’s through donating to organisations like Bravehearts or by being brave enough to speak up and speak out about any concerning behaviour.
“We must do what we can for those who are voiceless.”
During his stay in Townsville Mr Harvey has walked his lawn mower around iconic Townsville spots, including the Strand, while collecting donations from locals with a few dollars to spare.
Mr Harvey began his walk on March 22 in Gladstone and arrived in Townsville on Sunday, before meeting with Cr Hill today.