Blind Big Brother star Reggie Bird catches a bus while using her walking cane

Big Brother star Reggie Bird put on a brave face to run some errands on the Gold Coast on Thursday.

The fan favourite, who has limited vision and is legally blind, was photographed out and about with her walking cane while picking up some dry cleaning. 

The 48-year-old was seen arriving on a local bus, most likely after being refused a taxi service.

Big Brother star Reggie Bird was spotted shopping on the Gold Coast on Thursday

Big Brother star Reggie Bird was spotted shopping on the Gold Coast on Thursday

In 2016, she revealed that most taxi drivers won’t pick her up because she isn’t travelling far enough, even though she’s unable to drive herself due to her vision impairment.

‘Even when you’re getting a taxi – I’ve had a few say, “You’re only going up the road, why can’t you walk?” Things like that upset me,’ she told the Daily Edition.

She also admitted that she struggles to get around with her walking cane for assistance. 

‘Sometimes when I forget to take my cane to the shops and I bang into people… they look at me because I’m so young and just think I’m being rude.’ 

The 48-year-old was seen arriving on a local bus, most likely after being refused a taxi service

The 48-year-old was seen arriving on a local bus, most likely after being refused a taxi service 

Reggie carried the glittery dresses over her shoulder as she used the cane to walk down the footpath

Reggie carried the glittery dresses over her shoulder as she used the cane to walk down the footpath

Wearing a badge that read ‘I have low vision’, Reggie carried a set of dazzling outfits that she appeared to have collected from the dry cleaners.

At one point, a bird flew dangerously close to her as she made her way across a zebra crossing. 

The sparkly garments she was carrying could suggest she is gearing up for the Big Brother finale, which is just weeks away.

Reggie is tipped to win the 2022 season, with viewers placing their bets on her to take home the title.

She holds odds of 1.75 on both Sportsbet and TAB.

Fans are convinced Reggie will beat out the other housemates, considering she’s done it before in 2003 – winning $250,000 in prize money.

Wearing a badge that read 'I have low vision', Reggie carried a set of dazzling outfits that she appeared to have collected from the dry cleaners

Wearing a badge that read ‘I have low vision’, Reggie carried a set of dazzling outfits that she appeared to have collected from the dry cleaners 

Reggie narrowly avoided disaster as a bird flew dangerously close to her

Reggie narrowly avoided disaster as a bird flew dangerously close to her  

Just a year after her first win, Reggie was diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition pigmentosa, an eye condition that has left her legally blind.

‘When Seven asked me to enter the BB house again, I couldn’t turn it down,’ she told Woman’s Day.

‘With my eyesight deteriorating at the pace it was, I decided it’s now or never. The kids convinced me – they’re very persuasive!’

Just a year after her first win, Reggie was diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition pigmentosa, an eye condition that has left her legally blind

Just a year after her first win, Reggie was diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition pigmentosa, an eye condition that has left her legally blind

Reggie carried the glittery garments in one hand and her walking cane in the other

Reggie carried the glittery garments in one hand and her walking cane in the other 

In a recent interview, the star hit back at trolls who accused her of ‘faking’ being blind.

‘A lot of people are saying, “Oh, she’s faking it.” Who would want to fake being blind?’ she said.

‘They don’t know me, or the challenges I deal with every day.’

The former fish and chip shop manager, who says her vision is now like looking through straws, added: ‘I think people who leave comments like that have issues.’ 

Reggie walked by herself down the footpath, carrying her own dry cleaning and using the cane to avoid any accidents

Reggie walked by herself down the footpath, carrying her own dry cleaning and using the cane to avoid any accidents 

Reggie previously spoke about her battle with pigmentosa on Seven’s The Daily Edition.

‘I’ve lost my peripheral vision and I’ve got 10 degrees of central vision left. I have no night vision,’ she said.

Despite her challenges, fans have been delighted by Reggie’s return to Big Brother this year. 

'I've lost my peripheral vision and I've got 10 degrees of central vision left. I have no night vision,' she said in 2016

‘I’ve lost my peripheral vision and I’ve got 10 degrees of central vision left. I have no night vision,’ she said in 2016

Viewers flocked to Twitter to hail her comeback after almost two decades, with many backing her to win the ‘Contenders vs Royalty’ season.

‘Omg Reggie is giving me all the life,’ one fan tweeted, while another added: ‘If Reggie gets in to the final, she’ll win again.’

‘Loving Reggie she is so funny, I have missed her! I remember why l loved her again,’ a third viewer tweeted. 

Fans have been watching the 48-year-old compete in the new season of Big Brother (pictured)

Fans have been watching the 48-year-old compete in the new season of Big Brother (pictured) 

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