The Big Issue : Edition 546
THEBIGISSUE22SEP–5OCT2017 7 STREETSHEET SORRY TO SEE YOU GO Not how did he die But how did he live Not what did he gain But what did he give These are the units of a man To measure his worth Regardless of birth Not what was his station Nor what was his creed But had he helped those Really in need Not what did the article in the newspaper say But how many were sorry when he passed away. For Blue, Tanya and Zoe – so sorry to see you go. Sharon M sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Collins and Swanston Sts, Melbourne. A FOREVER HOME I reside at a community housing complex in East Perth where pets are not allowed in the unit. I feel I’m missing something, even though my time is occupied during my days with selling The Big Issue, working as an aged-care volunteer and working as a peer educator with Hepatitis WA. So, this year I tried something different. I spent my holidays working as a volunteer at an animal shelter with RSPCA Malaga every fortnight to rescue pets that have suffered animal cruelty or have been abandoned. This holiday brought me peace, joy and tears when I interacted with those animals in need. Rescued animals were desexed, microchipped and were trained to improve their behaviour for a chance to find a “forever” home. I think it’s a great idea, whether you’re an animal or human being, to be well Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends equipped before returning to the community for a second chance at life. Pat sells The Big Issue at His Majesty’s, Royal Perth Hospital and the Department of Health in East Perth. COFFEE WARS One day in August I met John Mac (my best friend and fellow Big Issue vendor) at about seven in the morning. While we were walking up to Town Hall station to sell The Big Issue, John and I got into an argument over what coffee shop to buy our coffee from. Anyway, I let John win, so we went to the Speed Bar cafe just across from Park Street. Yes, of course the coffee was so nice. Then I went off to sell The Big Issue at my pitch. I had a customer buy a 7-Eleven coffee for me, too, so I had two coffees that morning. Thanks to the coffee, selling my Big Issues got done very quickly and before long I had sold my 10 magazines. Because of the coffee wars the day went pretty quickly. Jacob sells The Big Issue on the cnr of Bathurst and Pitt Sts, Sydney. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO US? Sometimes I feel like a chimpanzee Sometimes I feel like a tiger Sometimes I feel like an elephant. Sometimes I’m glad Sometimes I’m sad Sometimes I’m mad But don’t let down Your mum and dad. The world is happy Most of the time Sometimes the world is sad Sometimes the world is mad But don’t let it get you down Try and do good every day and laugh when you can and the good times will come around again. Daniel K sells The Big Issue in the Adelaide CBD and suburbs. All vendor 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 • instagram @bigissueaustralia You never know who you will meet while selling The Big Issue. Diana met Spiderman and Snow White while selling in Sydney; they were on their way to a fancy-dress event associated with Bastille Day celebrations and stopped for a chat and a photo. Lester P (husband of Diana) sells The Big Issue at Macquarie Place and Elizabeth St, Sydney.