Mammoth mower bid on the right track

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Karragullen Expo award winner and Armadale Mower World's part-owner Craig Alford is gearing up for the third leg of an epic lawnmower journey from WA to the Eastern States, which he hopes will raise more than $330,000 for charity.

Mr Alford, who lives in Thornlie and is president elect of the Rotary Club of Armadale, had a special event display at the expo and won the best horticultural machinery display award.

He is part of a team raising money for charity in Ride to the Other Side, which sees a Hustler Super Z ride-on mower driven 15,000km over six years around Australia.

The first and second legs of the journey have been completed and raised more than $130,000.

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Next year the team will start the third leg of the journey, from Adelaide to Melbourne, across to Tasmania back to Melbourne, and finish the trap by travelling to Canberra and Sydney.

Mr Alford aims to raise a further $200,000 and will start the leg on May 1.

The 11-person team includes a chef, photographer and Mr Alford's business partner, Andrew Fox.

When asked about the risks of driving the mower on the road, Mr Alford said it was "perfectly safe, very easy and comfortable to drive".

"There are escort vehicles in front and behind the mower, then a support truck behind the whole convoy," he said.

Mr Alford said he aimed to be the first person to drive from Perth to Sydney, including Tasmania, in a mower. The funds will go to mental health and prostate cancer research, as part of Australian Rotary Health projects.

"The aim is to raise $1 million over six years, including further trips around Australia," he said.

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