CLEANING UP: Ron Schmidt, 91, has spent the past decade picking up rubbish on Wises Rd, Buderim.
CLEANING UP: Ron Schmidt, 91, has spent the past decade picking up rubbish on Wises Rd, Buderim. Warren Lynam

Ron runs and tidies as he goes

EVERY morning Ron Schmidt wakes up to his 6am alarm, slips on his joggers, and heads out the door with a plastic bag in hand.

The 91-year-old walks 3km through his north Buderim neighbourhood picking up rubbish, enjoying the scenery and waving to passers-by.

The Buderim retiree's morning ritual will have gone on for 10 years as of April 1 - the date he moved to his Buderim home with his late wife Leona in 2004.

"I'm still as fit as a fiddle, and I thank the Lord for that," Ron said.

"I like to walk before the traffic gets busy.

"I did do a calculation recently and realised I've picked up more than 3600kg - at least 1kg a day - over the years."

The retired electrical engineer, who co-founded the Betta Electrical franchise, said his daily walks started as his "self-imposed responsibility".

"I like to see things tidy - my house is tidy, my car is tidy," he said.

"I'm very conscious of everything being clean."

Ron said he hoped to inspire other people to put in a helping hand in their community.

"It might encourage someone else to start a little clean-up in their area," he said. "It's always good to look after the area you're in."

Every day he walks from his home on Ivy St to either Palmyra Cres or North Buderim Blvd picking up rubbish along the way.


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