World record driver on the road again
HE SET the Guinness World Record last year for the longest journey in an excavator, now Norman Bartie is back on the road to pay his respects to all those who helped him on his journey.
Mr Bartie drove more than 5600km in his backhoe excavator last year, travelling from Brisbane to Townsville, Toowoomba,
Narromine, Albury and Canberra before returning to his starting point in late April.
The feat, which he undertook for his charity It’s NOT Your Fault 4 Kids, also took Mr Bartie through the North Burnett, to which he has now returned with thanks and certificates in tow.
Mr Bartie presented one such certificate to Mayor Rachel Chambers at Gayndah’s historic museum.
His follow-up journey through Australia, now in a ute rather than a digger, is being used to spread awareness for his charity, which tackles domestic violence aimed at children.
“Our message is to let children know that, with any type of child abuse that they experience, it’s not their fault,” Mr Bartie said.
“We reinforce that core belief that they are beautiful. They are powerful. They’ve got the power, no matter where they live, no matter what religion or colour of skin or gender or age or bank balance.
“They’ve got the right to be empowered every single day and rewrite that script every day. That’s what we call self-empowerment,” he said.
After his brief stopover it’s back on the road.
“I’m off to Eidsvold next and then to Theodore and the Moura police station – they’ve got a certificate to be given to them,” Mr Bartie said.
“Afterwards I’m heading to Emerald and Belyando.
“I’m really trying to make sure kids see the ute – see the message that we’re out there.
“At the end of March, we’re going into schools with a little excavator to do our Dig Deep programs: emotional intelligence, just to help kids keep it simple.”
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: Norman Bartie presenting Gayndah with a certificate to thank the town following his world record journey.