The Big Issue : Edition 492
THEBIGISSUE28AUG–10SEP2015 7 All contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work. For the latest Big Issue news visit thebigissue.org.au or find us on: • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue STREETSHEET ENERGY BUZZ This morning while I was sitting in the park, right in the middle of the city, I noticed among the frenetic movement of the travelling souls the intense hum of the city – a sound vibration that is always there in the background, very intense and powerful. All the energy creating a buzz. I would have loved to lie down and meditate, rest among the chaos, but I jumped up and went on my way to earn a crust selling The Big Issue. Jason sells The Big Issue at Martin Place and Coogee, Sydney. HAPPY FAMILY Hello everyone, my name is Natasha and my dad and I have been selling The Big Issue for about nine months. We are saving up to go on holiday to the Philippines to visit my dad’s fiancée, as they have been apart for a very long time and miss each other. I have never been overseas, so it will be a very exciting trip for me! When we are over there, my dad and his fiancée would like to get married so that the three of us can return to Australia as a happy family. Although we still have a long way to go, working with The Big Issue has given us a great start to our travel funds. Thank you for reading my first Streetsheet contribution – hopefully in a few months’ time I will be able to write something about my holiday! Natasha sells The Big Issue at Raine Square, Perth. A DREAM COME TRUE Dear person who gave me the tickets for the Liverpool game, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It meant more than words can explain, and I’m truly grateful. Everything that happened that night was a dream come true. I used to live on the street, and to be given the chance to see that game was really special to me. You are a unique person with a good heart. I hope everything in your life goes well. If our roads cross again I will try my best to return the kindness, even if it’s in a small way. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Martin D sells The Big Issue at Southbank and Central Railway, Brisbane. LUCK OF THE DRAW! Selling The Big Issue is like the lottery – youhavetobeinittowinit!Some days will be slow and you won’t sell many, but it doesn’t matter, you still have to be there for the chance of a ‘win’. Sooner or later people will recognise you and get to know you and then they will start to buy! Brett sells The Big Issue outside the Chocolate Shop, West Perth. CELEBRITY DREAMING I really enjoy selling The Big Issue! I love meeting new customers and meeting people from a variety of backgrounds. I hope to work as a manager someday for a great business. I would love to meet Nicole Kidman one day, as she is a great Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends FAREWELL BOB It is with much sadness that we say a final farewell to long-term Big Issue vendor Bob, who died recently. Bob worked regularly on Swan St, in the inner- Melbourne suburb of Richmond, where he had built up a loyal group of customers and friends. Bob, known affectionately as ‘Kiwi Bob’, was a patriotic New Zealander. He took every opportunity to give The Big Issue vendor support staff grief anytime a New Zealand team beat Australia, in any sport. He particularly liked to remind people about the time he auditioned his stand-up comedy routine on the TV show Australia’s Got Talent, which led to judge Dannii Minogue walking off stage. Bob travelled overseas, selling the local Big Issue in the UK and other street magazines in the US before settling back in Australia in 2014. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I would like to give all our supporters a big thank you for helping me on my City2Surf walk. I finished in two hours, 31 minutes: a new record! David S sells The Big Issue at various pitches in Burwood, Parramatta and Rhodes, Sydney. Aussie actress! I also love Arnie and his Terminator movies, so if I could meet him too, that would be a bonus! Adrian sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD.