The Big Issue : Edition 515
THEBIGISSUE1–14JULY2016 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 GOOD DAY Welcome to another happy day that endsin“Y” – Ijustwantedtosayabig thank you to all my regular customers and to anyone that stops for a chat. If it weren’t for you, I would be a very unhappy person. I’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely couple who bought my son a BMX. Nathan C sells The Big Issue at Adelaide and Creek sts, Brisbane. QUESTIONS I saw Mike Baird when he came around selling The Big Issue magazine. I personally would like to meet the NAB CEO. When I see him I will ask him about the NAB logo that says “more give, less take” and ask him what that means to him. I would sell some magazines, too. I guess that would be fun. Lee W sells The Big Issue at Broadway, Sydney. AUSTRALIA FAIR I was selling mags at Zuma cafe in the Adelaide central markets. I had the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill come up to me and buy two mags. Bill Shorten handed me $20 and said I could keep the change for myself. All I could say to them was thank you for buying the mags and have a nice day. It was around this time last year when I met Joe Hockey, when he was working with Tony Abbott to run Australia, so I have met some of the main Australians and that’s all happened since I have been working at The Big Issue in Adelaide. I wouldn’t change a thing, because I enjoy what I do for a living. Kerry Anne sells The Big Issue at the Hilton and Zuma cafe near the Adelaide Central Market. DOG GONE Sometimes, a picture can tell more than a thousand words. During Ed#502, ‘Doggone’, I was selling on the Arts Bridge pitch. A beautiful young child with her Mum approached me when she saw the cover page in my hand. “I hope the dog will be found soon!” she said. Another day a man asked me, “Is this about dog rescue?” I smiled... What care they have in their hearts! Even if they didn’t buy the magazine, this care amazed me. By the way, that edition was part of The Big Issue National Sales Challenge 2016. WA sold out. The office had to order more mags from other states to keep up with the demand of WA vendors and customers! Pat L sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s Theatre and the Arts Bridge, Perth. CHATTERBOX The best thing about The Big Issue is that people come up and have a conversation with you rather than just ignoring you on the street. I have had some very interesting conversations with people and some have told me very personal and private stories, which is surprising considering they’ve never met me before. Darrell sells The Big Issue in Ashfield and Broadway, Sydney. MY RECORD I’ve been working for The Big Issue for 15 years and have been at my current pitch in Glebe for 13-and-a-half years. During this time my best daily record was 100 issues, and to reward myself I bought a 5.1 surround sound home theatre system. My longest customer has also been with me for 13-and-a-half years. I met him on the bus in Glebe. James P sells The Big Issue in Glebe, Sydney. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends I would like to thank The Big Issue for giving us the opportunity to be part of a wonderful and memorable soccer trip to Sydney. All the guys and girls from all parts of Australia were fantastic, helpful and energetic. I thoroughly enjoyed the band and the trivia night was funny testing our knowledge on television shows and music, but the highlight was making paper planes. I put my hand up, telling my teammates that “I’ve got this”. It brought out the inner child in me. The social aspect gave me the opportunity to freely express myself and communicate openly with my new friends. I also enjoyed a dance, but some would describe this as a slow shuffle. This soccer trip gave me so many good memories. I would highly recommend an afternoon or evening having a kick with the wonderful groups in the suburbs. Scott Cameron is a participant in the Ballarat Community Street Soccer Program, Vic.