Friday is three-year-old Joey Turton’s favourite day of the week because that’s when the household bins are emptied in his Carrum Downs street. Joey, pictured, is a rubbish truck enthusiast. He is the proud owner of his own fleet of toy trucks as well as all the bins they need and books on his favourite topic. Every Friday, Joey waits for the familiar sound of the truck pulling into his street, and without fail truck driver Andy Dickson makes Joey’s day with a wave, a beep and a smile.
Andy’s kindness has become a silver lining for Joey and his mum, Katherine, during lockdown. “I’m a hairdresser so I haven’t been able to go into work, and Joey isn’t at childcare, so this has become our favourite day of the week,” Katherine says. “As soon as Joey hears the truck coming around, it is on. We run out to see the truck and it makes my day to see how happy he is. I’m pretty sure it makes the driver’s day too.”
Andy has been driving for Solo for two years and said community spirit was vital during these challenging times. “I love to see the reaction on a child’s face with a simple wave and a beep,” he says. “We are all going through a difficult time. It’s a simple gesture, and it’s always easier to smile than frown.”
Since a video of Joey greeting the truck was shared on Frankston City Council’s Facebook page, other parents have told stories of enjoying this ritual with their children and of the friendly truck drivers who make them smile.
Katherine thanked Andy for taking the time to wave and beep for Joey each week. “It means more than you know.”
Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer said simple acts of kindness like Andy’s are helping people feel less isolated and more optimistic during lockdown. “I’d like to thank our waste management team and the terrific drivers who have continued delivering this vital service throughout the pandemic,” Cr Mayer said. “They go above and beyond each week and have been delivering a little positivity throughout the city too.”