Mission to mow down child abuse

Claude Harvey will be pushing his mower through Warwick’s streets today and tomorrow to raise money to help sexually abused children.
Claude Harvey will be pushing his mower through Warwick’s streets today and tomorrow to raise money to help sexually abused children. Kerri Burns-Taylor

HIS trusty mower has carried the collective weight of half a million dollars over the past 10 years and Claude Harvey is hoping it will carry at least that again the near future.

The Gold Coast man will be hitting the streets of Warwick today and tomorrow in hopes the people of the Rose City will help him climb closer to his seven-figure goal.

Mr Harvey has spent a decade raising money to assist children who have been sexually abused.

The married father of two said his journey was inspired by the plight of two friends of his, who were abused as three- and four-year-old children.

"The person who did it was 16 and he got a pat on the back and set free - the girls got the life sentence," he said.

Earlier this week, the former lawnmowing business owner travelled the streets of Killarney and said he was surprised at the generosity of locals, who donated more than $400.

He said it was his experience country folk were more supportive of his work than those in the city.

Although he spends five months of every year on the road for the cause, Mr Harvey said he was not always treated kindly.

He has been berated, physically assaulted and admits the torment was once so bad he considered suicide, but he has no plans to permanently park his mower just yet.

"I enjoy it because I know one day Australia will be a safer place for people to bring up their children," he said.

"I will keep doing it until either it kills me or I make it to $1million. Even then I will probably keep doing it."

All money raised by Mr Harvey goes to Bravehearts and will be used to offer education to children on abuse.



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