An Ollie good day with Cleanaway

Cleanaway truck driver Josh Kennedy made garbo fan Ollie’s day with a surprise visit to his home in Whyalla.

Communities - Our People

October 16, 2019


"Thank you for being a kind human Josh. It was a small gesture, but it was a huge deal for our little Ollie." Ollie’s mum


"Thank you for being a kind human Josh. It was a small gesture, but it was a huge deal for our little Ollie." Ollie’s mum

Three-year-old Ollie in Whyalla is obsessed with garbage trucks and always looks forward to bin day. When driver Josh Kennedy stopped his truck and gave a wave and horn one day, Ollie was overjoyed, prompting mum Nissa to post about the experience on the Whyalla Positivity Facebook page.

“Just wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful Cleanaway driver who emptied our bins today. My three-year-old son has autism and is OBSESSED with trucks and in particular garbage trucks. We sat outside as we’d missed you doing our bin and he excitedly watched you empty all the bins in the cul-de-sac in front of us. When you got close to our yard again you stopped, tooted your horn and waved to him. It honestly made his entire day! Thank you so much for being a kind human. It was a small gesture but it was a huge deal for our little Ollie.” wrote Nissa.

The Whyalla community loved the story, responding with comments such as:

“The bin man always waves and beeps for my son on McBryde terrace too. He absolutely loves the garbage truck. Thank you for always making his day”

“Not all heroes wear capes. Good on ya to the truck driver champion!”

When Josh saw Nissa’s post, he decided to make a surprise visit with Ollie, Nissa and dad Tyler during one of his runs. He gave Ollie a close up look at the truck, showed him how it works and left him with a mini Cleanaway bin as something to remember the visit by.

“I think it awesome that Josh took the time out to do that,” Nissa said after the visit. “I know it’s a pretty typical thing for kids to like trucks but with Ollie’s autism, he’s obsessed with them. He just stands there completely in awe of it, he just loves watching the truck and then for an hour he is so excited. He played with his toy garbage truck for an hour before dinner! We weren’t expecting the visit so thank you to Josh and thanks to Cleanaway.”

It’s people like Ollie that makes it all worthwhile for Josh. “When I’m having a bad day and I see him out waiting for me it makes it all worth it,” said Josh. “It picks me back up to get on with the job.”

Thanks Nissa and Tyler for sharing this lovely story with us and to Ollie for his incredible enthusiasm.

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