A YOUNG, southside man is proving to be a local hero when it comes to displaying social and moral responsibility.
While many of us tut-tut about the amount of rubbish littering our streets, 22-year-old Edward Kirkwood just goes out quietly and cleans it up.
Edward, who has cerebral palsy, does not have a reason why he does it — “I just wanted to do it” — but there are many in and around the Shawlands area who are glad he does.
One man phoned The Extra to say he saw Edward scooting around in his motorised wheelchair picking up litter, and he was so impressed by this young man, he had to call us.
Edward told The Extra: “I’ve been doing this for about six months now.
“I take a green [rubbish] bag and go around putting rubbish in it.”
Edward likes to keep both the local environment and the park clean but, with the dark nights upon us, he is cautious when he travels into Queen’s Park.
He continued: “I like to do both the streets and the park, but it depends when I go out.
“If we’re going anywhere during the day, it’s 6.30pm by the time I go out to clean up and at that time it’s too dark to do the park.
“But, if we’re staying in, I’ll go out about 3pm and I’ll try to do the park then.
“When the bag’s full, I take it to a park bin and dump it.”
Fairly philosophical in his outlook, Edward concludes: “Someone’s got to do it.”