The Big Issue : Edition 504
THEBIGISSUE5–18FEB2016 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 MY MATES Okay, there goes another one. It came and went and I never did thank all of the people who helped me when the chips were down. So to Kirstie, Gemma, Monique and Renee and everyone else: one day I will get there. But in the meantime I’ll just say thank you all for being a mate when it was most needed, from the bottom of my tiny black heart. Steve B sells The Big Issue in Carlton, Melbourne. HI-YA I love karate and I recently got my green belt! I was really nervous beforehand, but very happy once I passed my grading. We had the grading at Prospect Primary School – six others went for it, too. I am really proud of myself. The next belt is the brown belt and I’m looking forward to going for that in six months. Kerry L sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD at James Place, Haigh’s Chocolates and Adelaide Arcade. MY HOMIES I’d like to say thanks to HoMie shop and the staff who kindly donated clothing to The Big Issue vendors. A great big THANK YOU! I’d also like to thank Ross House for the generous loan of an office so that vendors can continue selling magazines. Dianne sells The Big Issue at Melbourne Central Station, Swanston Street. DON’T FORGET Christmas is over, the New Year is here and the race to the end of the year has begun. We think it will take a while, but it will be here so, so, so quickly. Last year I had adventures, mysteries happened with fun. Now that 2016 is here, let’s see what happens next. Don’t forget to smile and say “hi”... It could keep the smile going and going. Cindy C sells The Big Issue at various locations around Brisbane. FAREWELL In 2006, I lost my Dad, and five months later I lost my eldest son. It kicked me in the guts. I lost my job and my house and lost my way for a long time. Even though I settled down and had more children, I still felt lost in my mind and my heart. It took me a long time to find happiness. I still miss my boy, but I am dealing with the pain now. I have loved working at The Big Issue, but I am getting my five children back, so it’s time to leave. I will miss my customers and my work colleagues the most, I’ll miss making them smile every day. I cannot thank them enough for getting me through. This will be a new beginning and a new chapter in my life. Once I’m settled with my children I want to go to TAFE and study counselling so I can help kids struggling with mental health issues, and help out grieving parents who have lost a loved one. Charlie sells The Big Issue at Murray Street Underground, Perth. DREAM JOB I’ve been selling The Big Issue for over a year and I really enjoy it. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping others too. I love playing cricket and my dream job would be coaching kids to play cricket. Brendan sells The Big Issue outside Kangaroos on George Street, Brisbane. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends On 1 February, Telstra CEO Andy Penn (above right) was spotted getting some career mentoring, Big Issue style, from veteran Melbourne vendor Jeff – outside the telco’s Exhibition Street offices. Penn was one of more than 60 CEOs and politicians (others included NSW premier Mike Baird and Melbourne MP Adam Bandt) who hit the streets from 1 to 5 February, selling the magazine alongside Big Issue vendors. The event was part of the fourth annual International Network of Street Papers Vendor Week, which celebrates the work of street vendors around the world and focuses on the ongoing need to address homelessness and disadvantage.