The Big Issue : Edition 554
#VENDORWEEK 26 JAN–8 FEB 2018 7 STREETSHEET STOP AND CHAT The best experience I have had selling is getting to meet new people – people stopping to have a talk. I used to be a truck driver; I would drive all around Brisbane. I was also a tram conductor before they went off the roads. Brian B sells The Big Issue at QueensPlaza, Brisbane. STOP AND THINK I have been with The Big Issue for two years now and I have had a lot of ups and downs. At times, I just wish people would put themselves in a vendor’s shoes so that they could understand what we go through just to earn enough to pay for the essentials in life. I would like to thank everyone who reads the magazine. Thank you. Natasha B sells The Big Issue at Raine Square, Perth. SHADES OF SM ILES When life throws you raindrops When life keeps you in the deep When darkness is your will Shades of smiles will light your way Let us think of reasons to smile, and keep the grey away As a smile is always more productive than a frown Smile, you’re alive and definitely worth it! A smile a day helps keep the wrinkles away! Can you join me, think of one or many reasons to smile today? Rachel T sells The Big Issue in Pyrmont, Sydney. PROUDLY MARCHING My most memorable moment of 2017 was taking part in the Aboriginal march on Invasion Day, that’s Australia Day, Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends This piece is called ‘A Friend in Space’. It is derived from German Expressionism – this is what I’m into at the moment. Richard sells The Big Issue in Melbourne CBD. down the main streets of Melbourne’s CBD. I met one of my cousins who’s Aboriginal, and I’d never met him before. And I’m starting to meet other cousins and make connections. It was a proud moment walking down Bourke St; you’ve got 10,000 people around you. I’m hoping the referendum (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition in the Australian Constitution) will be held. I’m Wurundjeri born. This is my people’s country, this is my country, and I don’t understand why we haven’t got recognition yet. We can sit down with the Government and decide; they can have their say, we can have our say, and we can compromise. And we both agree. And then it’s fair. Allan C sells The Big Issue in Melbourne. #PROUDLYWORKING I sold The Big Issue for over three years. I left and had plans to study so I enrolled in nursing. I was at a crossroads – do I study or do I go and work? Work and money won, and I ended up driving taxis. I drove for nearly three years from 2014 until June of 2017. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have done either. I should have listened to my body as mental illness had a hold of me and wasn’t letting go, as much as I tried to hide it. In the first six months of 2017, I had five self-harm attempts and two hospital admissions. When my doctor found out, he suspended my licence and I lost my job and my business. I’m back selling The Big Issue, hugely in debt and heading towards bankruptcy. I’m #proudlyworking part-time when my mind allows me and working through my health issues to get them managed and under control again. David sells The Big Issue at Mt Barker, Semaphore and Adelaide CBD. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.