The Big Issue : Edition 506
THEBIGISSUE4–17MAR2016 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 THE COACH I’ve been selling The Big Issue for over a year and I’m really enjoying 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. Brendan sells The Big Issue outside Kangaroos on George St, Brisbane. RADELAIDE We have just had our Tour Down Under bike race here in Adelaide, in the city streets and then up into the hills. That went for 10 days. Then there’s the Clipsal 500 car race for all you car-lovers. Plus, with that at night you get local and international bands playing and during the day you have the monster trucks and motorbikes doing all their different tricks they can do on the road. If you get a pass where you can get into the pits where the cars are parked, you can meet the drivers. I did this from 2005–2008 at the Clipsal 500 as I worked there as a kitchen hand/cook. I got to meet Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes, James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom. We have also got the Adelaide Fringe Festival until 11 March, which has fun stuff to do and will have you in fits of laughter day and night. Kerry Anne sells The Big Issue in Adelaide. WELCOM E BACK Since my return to The Big Issue, I’ve caught up with so many of my old customers. I’ve also made many new customers over the last few months. My return edition was Star Wars (Ed#499) and I sold over 100 magazines, which really out-sold what I thought I would sell! I would like to thank all of my old customers for their support and the welcome back they gave me, as well as all of my new customers. I would also like to thank The Big Issue team here in Perth for being so welcoming and supportive upon my return. I look forward to hopefully being here in 20 years’ time for the 1000th edition! I would like to encourage all of our customers to ask their friends and family to buy the magazine so Big Issue vendors can continue to improve their lives. Tina sells The Big Issue at the Arts Bridge and ABC, East Perth. WORTH For a lot of years, I confused fear with love and I thought I was worthless. I believe that the only way to defeat fear is through love for each other and our earth; I have written two poems that I’d like to share that illustrate my belief. LOVE è FEAR FEAR è LOVE I once believed in love, Then fear took its place. Shattered glass, Shattered bones, Shattered heart, Shattered mind. Then I believed I was not good. Fear controlled my heart. LOVE A helping hand that does not judge, A guide that knows the way, A foundation to grow, A pillar of strength in the dark, A two-way street of give and take, Kindness without reward. So please feel free to stop and say hello, and don’t let fear destroy your worth. Thanks Big Issue for letting me be me! Rachel T sells The Big Issue at Pyrmont, Sydney. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Every year The Big Issue team in Perth organises a Christmas party for vendors at the Uniting Church in the city. The 2015 Christmas party was extra special because we had a caricature artist there called Terry, who drew portraits of vendors. He’s a very funny and skilful man, and it only took him 10 minutes to draw each person! There was also a photographer who took photos at the event and set up a dress-up photo booth, which was great fun. We got our caricature pictures, photos, a delicious Christmas meal, Christmas presents and friendship – what a cheerful day for the vendors! Thank you to all the WA Vendor Support team for your service and great hospitality at the party and throughout the year. Pat L sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth.