WALKATHONS and telethons are the norm when it comes to fundraising, but not for Claude Harvey, who is kicking off a ‘mowerthon’ in Fremantle today.
The 70-year-old Queenslander has picked WA to continue his fundraising adventure with his trusty lawnmower, as he looks to raise $1 million for Bravehearts, an organisation that helps educate and protect children from sexual assault.
The 26-day mowerthon sees Mr Harvey push his mower 2000km around WA, kicking off from Fremantle today and hitting towns like Northam, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany and Margaret River.
He said he was looking forward to taking the Braveheart message through WA for the first time, and encouraged locals to donate a few coins as he travelled.
“Protecting kids is something very close to my heart,” he said.
“Every child should be given the opportunity to be educated with important personal safety knowledge and skills to keep safe.
“I’ve seen Bravehearts’ education show ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ visit my grandson’s school but every Aussie child in every school in every town has the right to benefit from this program.
“I’m looking forward to meeting locals along my trip through Western Australia and hope people will support me and play their part in making their communities safer for kids.”