A long, slow ride through CQ for a good cause
LENNOX Head earthmover Norm Bartie has taken a long, slow drive through Central Queensland on a backhoe as he attempts to set a Guinness world record.
The founder of 'It's Not Your Fault for Kids' is using his epic world-record attempt to raise awareness for children who are survivors of abuse or trauma.
Mr Bartie previously worked as an emotional facilitator helping Australia's sporting elite and celebrities deal with their emotional issues in high-end mindfulness retreats.
His focus is to bring his holistic coping methods to those who cannot access the high-end retreats he used to work for, particularly vulnerable children.
"I want to give what the top-end is getting and give it to the children,” he said.
"Now we offer private mindfulness retreats for children that have been severely traumatised by domestic violence and loss.”
The children's retreats are completely self-funded using profits from Mr Bartie's own labour and earthmoving company, ILH Australia Group, but an upscale means donations are now needed.
"We have turned this into a charity so people can now donate and help us out,” he said.
"The drive is a way to let kids know there is another option.
"It's a safe and healthy environment where kids at risk can feel at home and learn self empowerment.
"Hurt, pain and fear doesn't discriminate.”
The mindfulness retreats allow children the opportunity to connect to country and give them the skills to cope with heavy emotional burdens they may bare, all while promoting the core message, 'it's not your fault.'
"The retreats involve personal reflection, indigenous cultural activities, deeper listening to nature and discovering your connection to it,” Mr Bartie said.
"We help them find their own space where they feel at peace, then people can open up about their experience.
"A first birthday without parents can be tough but we try and teach kids to be present and not get caught up in the past.”
Mr Bartie's backhoe trip will take him as far north as Townsville to Albury in the south to knock over the 5,127km world record set by American, Neil Smith in 2010.
He aims to park his backhoe on Parliament lawns for the first day of sitting on February 12.
To find out more about Mr Bartie's trip follow @its_not_your_fault_4_kids on Instagram or visit itsnotyourfault.com.au