Glendyne supporting the “Mower Man”

Claude 'Mower Man' Harvey with Carinity Education Glendyne students Jett and Imogen.

Carinity Education Glendyne is supporting Claude “The Mower Man” Harvey and his fundraising efforts for Bravehearts.

Claude has raised $1.6 million for the Australian child protection organisation by pushing his lawnmower around the country.

On October 30 he visited Carinity Education Glendyne, the latest stop on a 30-day trek from Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay.

Year 11 Vice Captains, Jett and Imogen, presented a donation to Claude and were interviewed by the local TV news on the day.

Deputy Principal Brian Hawthorne says there is a kinship between Carinity Education Glendyne and Bravehearts, given both organisations have been supporting at-risk youth since the late-1990s.

“Our school community is happy and proud to support Claude and Bravehearts as that organisation, like Carinity, strives to give at-risk youth a better future,” Brian says.

A former lawnmower salesman from the Gold Coast, Claude travels around Australia five months a year to raise money for Bravehearts donation bucket.

“I absolutely adore the Bravehearts education programs in the schools and I think it’s the best education program in this world to teach children how to be safe,” Claude says.

The 75-year-old’s dedication was recognised last year when he awarded an Order of Australia medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. He hopes to raise $2 million for Bravehearts by 2022.

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