The Big Issue : Edition 495
THEBIGISSUE9–15OCT2015 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 TWO GOOD THINGS Hi! My name is Harley. I’ve never done anything for ‘Streetsheet’ before, but I’ve got a few exciting stories to share. I’ve been seeing this awesome girl, Kylie, for nearly two years. We met when we were both going through tough times. It pretty much started online and then I moved to SA to be closer to her and my family. We finally got engaged on the 8th of August. It was thanks to The Big Issue that I could afford to buy the ring and take Kylie to a nice restaurant. She loved it! It was a great night! It feels great being engaged. Second good thing that is happening in my life right now is a cooking course I’m doing with OzHarvest at the Elizabeth Rise Community Centre. It’s fun and I picked up some new cooking skills to be able to cook a nice meal for my fiancée. They also gave us some good shopping tips: how to read labels and cook on a tight budget, or with the stuff you’ve got left in your kitchen. I learned about this course when OzHarvest came out to play Street Soccer with us and they cooked some nice veggie patties. Then The Big Issue staff helped me to get in touch with them and book a spot. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. Those guys from OzHarvest are awesome! Thanks for reading! Harley B sells The Big Issue at Hungry Jacks and other pitches in the Adelaide CBD. GOOD GRADES A quietly spoken young student asked me recently, “Can you tell me about The Big Issue and what it does?” So I explained the content of the magazine and the positive effect of literally making a living and interacting with thoughtful, caring and considerate people every day. He thought a lot of students at his Uni (UNSW) didn’t know anything about the magazine and its ideals, so he suggested taking a photo of me and circulating it on Facebook, encouraging his friends to buy the magazine (preferably from me, I added) and to let others know about it, too. It was really encouraging and touching to see a young man going out of his way to actively help to improve my position and promote The Big Issue. Thanks, mate. I’m giving you an A+ for effort! Drew sells The Big Issue at Eddy Avenue and Devonshire Street Tunnel Central, Sydney. SUNDAY SMILES I love selling The Big Issue at Stirling Markets every Sunday. I’ve been selling there for a few years and like chatting to people and making them smile. I have started to bring my new bike to the market, which I saved up for with the money I make selling The Big Issue. Thank you to all my customers at Stirling and in Perth. Sean sells The Big Issue at Hay and William Street in Perth and the Stirling Market every Sunday. THE BIGGEST ISSUE Last year my partner Kerry (who’s also a vendor) and I met The Biggest Loser’s Shannan Ponton [a personal trainer]! He was in the mall and was promoting The Biggest Loser and encouraging people to do some exercises! Kerry did them. He was really friendly and outgoing and we had our photo taken with him! Michael W sells The Big Issue at Adelaide Arcade and Telstra in the Adelaide CBD. LIFE IS GREAT My hobbies are reading, cooking and travelling as much as I can. I also enjoy socialising, dining out, scouting Sunday markets, window-shopping, going to the pictures, looking in op shops and just getting out of the house and enjoying things. Life in general is great and there are so many things to see and do. Alfred L sells The Big Issue outside Angus and Robertson bookshop in Brisbane. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends THIS PICTURE, WHICH IS ACRYLIC ON CARD, WAS PAINTED BY ADRIAN WHO USED TO SELL THE BIG ISSUE IN VICTORIA. HE STILL POPS IN TO SAY HI FROM TIME TO TIME!