The Big Issue : Edition 517
46 THE BIG ISSUE 29 JULY – 11 AUG 2016 YOUR SAY ‘Your Say’ submissions must be 100 words or less, contain the writer’s full name and home address, and may be edited for clarity or space. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email email@example.com • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ and shouted out thanks to me, just to reinforce their good character. So why am I writing this? It’s because we as humans all carry a unique story, and often can be consumed by the constructs and repetition of daily life – head down, consumed in technology, blinkers on – it’s all too easy and you can forget to take notice peripherally. So I hope anyone reading this could share this story with someone who isn’t aware of the great work done for all involved with The Big Issue, because the next time you say hello to a vendor, it may just brighten your life and open your perspective. Sandy Scanlan, Potts Point, NSW THE GIFT OF GIVING After years of curiosity, in this admirable 20th year of existence, I have finally purchased my first Big Issue magazine (let it be known, Ed#515). And let me tell you, it is an experience I shall never forget. I started following The Big Issue on LinkedIn recently, and as I passed the vendor at Milsons Point Station in Sydney, I said a friendly hello and congratulated him on the 20th anniversary. I was floored with the humble nature of the vendor who displayed the most genuine thanks; it was so infectious I was over-run with emotion. Even as I left, another friend of the vendor arrived I’ve been a regular reader of The Big Issue for some years and never cease to be inspired by the stories I read in Vendor Profile and the way in which the subjects deal with some of the adversities that life has thrown their way. I always save up past copies and then donate them to my local hospital for patients to read. I generally enjoy a chat with the vendors as I buy The Big Issue in Rundle Mall or around the Central Market in my home town of Adelaide. Last week I was on holiday in Brisbane and had the good fortune to meet vendor Ronnie. Although I came to Australia as a migrant with just a few dollars in my pocket, this nation has been good to me and I’m able to pay for The Big Issue with a $10 note and not accept the change. When I didn’t accept the change from Ronnie he was overjoyed, thanking me and saying that he’d buy a coffee with it. It put a sparkle in Ronnie’s day and his joyful reaction definitely put a sparkle in mine. Thank you to all the vendors who contribute to Vendor Profile and to those who brighten up my day with a friendly word. Keep it up. Trevor Peart, Flagstaff Hill, SA ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL WELDON LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT As the writer of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Sandy wins an ethically produced Fairtrade-certified soccer ball from RREPP (check out our soccer team at this year’s Homeless World Cup, p7). Every week our selected letter writer gets an awesome prize, so send your thoughts about The Big Issue to firstname.lastname@example.org!