The Big Issue : Edition 505
THEBIGISSUE19FEB–3MAR2016 9 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 A WEEK AT TBI I see many different people and cultures on my pitch. Many different faces: happy, sad, smiley, angry. Lots of different moods. Mondays, people are unhappy, by Wednesday they can be a little stressed and by Friday – happy! Jason sells The Big Issue outside Officeworks, Adelaide. ABOUT TIME When I look around the city of Perth and see people living on the streets, I feel angry at our government. Instead of putting themselves in another person’s shoes and imagining how hard life on the streets must be, they choose to simply ignore it and do nothing. I have been homeless myself and I know what it’s like – lonely and depressing, having nobody to talk to. Some kind people stop to chat and try to help by giving money or food, but nobody really understands how you are feeling. It’s about time the government stopped thinking about themselves and their own pockets, and do something to help those in need: the homeless. Sean sells at the cnr of Hay and William sts, Perth. BEAN THERE: A JOKE Q: Two baked beans headed to Australia – where do you think they ended up? A: Cairns! Glenn B sells The Big Issue outside Medibank in Brisbane. BULLIES A boy I knew was upset with his mum when she announced she was leaving Melbourne and moving to Sydney for a job, and that he was not going. Instead, he would live with his aunt, uncle and cousin on a farm, with a horse and chooks. He attended the local school. He hated school because he was bullied and didn’t have any friends, but he found comfort looking after the chooks. I can understand why he didn’t like school, because I was also bullied myself. I was left out of sporting activities because I was too uncoordinated. I was also told by a teacher that I was dumb. I think bullying is not acceptable in society. It can damage confidence and self-worth. Emma sells The Big Issue at Freehills Lawyers, Melbourne. A PERFECT NIGHT Thank you, thank you, thank you Big Issue and my wonderful customers. Instead of hiding away and letting anxiety, pain and depression win, I brave the day, smile, stand strong and wish everyone well, selling a few hours a day. As each day goes by I find something new in myself and the world around me. Best of all, I was able to take my youngest out and celebrate his 18th with a beautiful dinner. All thanks to the profit I made. His smile was worth more than gold. So once again, thanks to The Big Issue and my lovely customers for a perfect night. Rachel sells The Big Issue at Pyrmont, Sydney. MONEY Money is the root of all evil, in a way. I believe we need money to pay the bills, but too many people have a love of money. Please use money to make a good investment in your life. Don’t just think about your pocket; think about people who support you. I’m really appreciative of the organisations like CARA and SCOSA [both disability services] and The Big Issue that support me. Come and buy a magazine off me. I’m selling almost every day when I’m not at school, and if you’re lucky I might even tell you a good joke! Steve J sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends I would like to say thank you to a very important person in my life: Lynette, who has been like a mother to me. I met Lynette about 15 years ago and she’s been a support to me ever since. Lynette took me into her home when I would have otherwise been on the streets. Since I’ve lived there I’ve tried to support Lynette too, especially since she was diagnosed with cancer. Lynette has helped me in so many ways, with my epilepsy, helping me to connect with a counsellor and encouraging me to sign back up with The Big Issue. Since selling The Big Issue again I feel more confident and more positive about life, and hope I can continue to look after Lynette in the same way she has looked after me all these years. Greg sells The Big Issue at The Cactus (Perth station).