The Big Issue : Edition 503
THEBIGISSUE22JAN–4FEB2016 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 HAPPY 500TH! With the release of Ed#503, I realised it will be my 500th edition. I started with Ed#3, back in 1996, selling in front of RMIT University in Melbourne. Since then I have been lucky enough to sell the magazine all over Australia. It’s been an amazing journey and I would like to thank all of the customers and fellow NSW vendors for their support and friendships over the past 20 years. Dave S sells in Parramatta, Rhodes and Burwood, Sydney. THINK ABOUT IT People should think about their dreams and passions Think about the refugees Their plans, their travels Think of how lucky they are to be Australian And think of all The Big Issue people, who are human like anyone else, and just trying to make a quid. Ted says thanks to all the people who supported him in 2015. Ted sells The Big Issue at West End, Brisbane. KICKING OFF I like going to Street Soccer in Adelaide. It’s every Wednesday; we meet up with a few vendors at 1pm and catch a bus there. It goes from 2pm to 4pm, mostly in south Park Lands, just off Unley road. When the weather is bad we play at Sportzworx in Stepney. It’s more focussed on having fun rather than competition. But you still learn some new skills. I’ve learned a lot about soccer. Though I still can’t bend it like Beckham! It’s a good social activity; you get to meet a lot of people. We have different guest speakers and you get information about what’s happening in the community. The speakers are very inspirational. I really enjoyed the talk by former Port Adelaide player Marlon Motlop and his passion for football and the Indigenous community. Also enjoy the barbecues and the tournaments that we have at the end of each month. It’s great to see that there are so many people and organisations that want to come and help out in the community. Big thanks to Steve our coach for running great sessions and his continuous encouragement. Harley B sells The Big Issue at Hungry Jacks and other pitches in the Adelaide CBD. A WHEEL LIFESAVER I’m a Big Issue vendor and a member of Men’s Shed. Men’s Shed has been operating at Federation Square for two years. It’s an organisation created to be an open place for people to go and be involved in activities and be part of a community. Men’s Shed run programs – everything from group walks, toy building for the Royal Children’s Hospital to cookery. Men and women participate which is different to the suburban groups that are just for blokes. My wheelchair trailer was one of the first projects we did. I am in a wheelchair as I have a disability. I live in a Yooralla run “active-house” residential unit with seven other people who also live with a range of disabilities. The wheelchair trailer has been a lifesaver. I originally tried to get by with a modified suitcase to carry my magazines to and from Carnegie, but it didn’t work out. The wheelchair trailer came about after months of trial and error and tweaking at the Men’s Shed. The trailer has received a lot of positive feedback from customers and the general public. I’m able to do much more now – from carrying magazines and shopping, to picking up wood to donate to the Men’s Sheds projects. Lachlan sells The Big Issue in Carnegie, Melbourne. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends The Force was strong in Martin Place late last year. In early December, Sons of Obiwan – the only lightsaber academy in the southern hemisphere – joined Big Issue vendors to promote the Star Wars edition (Ed#499). Many potential Padawans stopped to watch the masters put on an exhibition of lightsaber combat and get a copy of The Big Issue from our vendors. Thank you to the saber masters for coming down and giving our vendors a hand.