The Big Issue : Edition 539
The Big Issue uses Macquarie Dictionary as our reference. macquariedictionary.com.au GROWING THE CAKE ‘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/ HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My partner Franco and I have a sustainable hair salon in Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches. We’ve been buying The Big Issue from our vendor Brad for a couple of years now. We love the magazine because it is so REAL (not full of gossip or negativity like so many other magazines). We want to support an organisation that supports and encourages those who have so much to give but can sometimes be overlooked or forgotten. You give them an opportunity to let their lights shine! We love it when Brad brings our mags because he is always so happy and positive. He brings such a great vibe into our hair salon. We want to say a big thank you to everyone at The Big Issue and all who support this wonderful magazine. We will continue to sing your praises and promote what you do to our friends, families and clients. Happy Birthday Big Issue, may you have many, many more! Love Franco and Michelle, Mona Vale, NSW. passers-by. Mark is a shining example of how someone can face personal crises and rise above them. Christine Smith, Burleigh Heads, Qld. Just a note to say I thought that Fiona Scott-Norman handled the sensitive topic of ageing parents very well in edition #537. I was moved. Brooke Vogt, Mount Clear, Vic. I just received my very first subscribed issue today! So glad that I’m able to still help out, by doing this, as I just don’t get into the city very often anymore. Not quite the same as stopping and having a chat with one of the many incredible vendors, but I know that we are still helping out. Janet Wettervik via Facebook A big thank you for bringing The Big Issue to the Gold Coast. I have always bought it when in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne and am now glad to be able to purchase it here! Your vendor, Mark (cnr James and Connor Sts), is a delightful man with a passion for the magazine. He loves a friendly hello and is happy to chat with THE BIG ISSUE has well and truly come of age – we’re 21 today! At the centre of our special birthday edition are our vendors, the 6500 men and women who have sold more than 11 million copies of our magazine on the streets of Australia since we launched in 1996. This celebration is all about them. You might’ve noticed we’ve packed a piñata on the cover, but who should we invite to join in our celebration coverage? After all, we wouldn’t have reached this major milestone without a long list of dedicated staff, supporters, volunteers and editorial contributors whose ongoing passion has meant The Big Issue organisation has grown beyond the magazine into Australia’s leading social enterprise, with the continued purpose of empowering homeless and marginalised people and alleviating poverty. The Big Issue continues to exist thanks to the positive exchange between vendors and their customers each fortnight. For many, this connection is more than a $7 transaction, perhaps tip. For many, it’s a real human connection, one that has forged long-lasting friendships and seemingly plenty of laughs. That’s why we asked our vendors to invite some of their regular customers to participate in this anniversary issue. So strong are these relationships, we have been blown away by the response. We’ve spoken to five vendors and their biggest supporters (p19), and will feature more in a new column we’re yet to name (suggestions welcome!). I’ve spent the past few weeks on the phone to vendors and readers from all over the country. Overwhelmingly, they speak about the importance of community and conversation. That a little kindness goes a long way. That a hello and a smile can change someone’s day. “We’ve all got to help each other,” says Paulette who regularly buys The Big Issue from Dundee in Sydney. These friendships are the icing on the cake. Here’s to another 21 years! Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT COVER #539 ILLUSTRATION BY THOMAS BURDEN @Karen Williamson Have been a reader of The Big Issue since 97. Best bloody read ever. @wandertravel1 Great article on children’s writer Mem Fox! [Ed#537] @thebigissue enjoying the read. Meredith Schier #Wonderwoman featured in @ thebigissue [Ed#537] – this cover brightened my day! Every edition has stories worth sharing, thanks to all who make it happen. EDITORIAL YOUR SAY To celebrate our 21st birthday, all of this edition’s letter writers win a limited- edition Big Issue KeepCup.