IF THE thought of mowing the yard fills you with dread, spare a thought for grandfather Claude Harvey, who will be pushing his customised cutter for the next 25 days.
The 70-year-old began his journey from Leach Park, Caloundra, today and will make his way up the Coast until he reaches Tewantin on December 8.
Why? To help children's charity Bravehearts educate, empower and protect kids.
Mr Harvey has been raised a staggering $885,000 for the charity, and he hopes he will be able to mow down the magic $1 million milestone on his Sunshine Coast mowathon.
"Last year when I was here, I experienced great kindness from everyone and the Wilson family kindly cooked me dinner and bought it to the hotel I was staying at," he said.
"People are supportive and always keen stop for chat, donate some money and are take a few pictures with me and my famous lawnmower.
"My ultimate goal is to reach $1million in fundraising for Bravehearts with funds going towards education and counselling programs for children and their families affected by child sexual assault."
Bravehearts Founder and Chair, Hetty Johnston AM, said Mr Harvey's efforts were testament to the difference one person could make to the lives of so many.
"Claude is a national living treasure and we are forever grateful for his remarkable contribution and fundraising efforts," Mrs Johnston said.
"Wherever he goes people take notice and it's not every day you see a grandfather pushing a lawnmower through the main street of town.
"Claude's passion to help Bravehearts create child-safe communities is incredible. In the last decade, he has tracked thousands of kilometres from WA to Tassie and now the Sunshine Coast, where he will be warmly welcomed by the community."
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