The Big Issue : Edition 570
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 7–20 SEP 2018 7 STREETSHEET SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Sad to hear about Aretha Franklin; her music was so uplifting when I needed to cheer up. ‘Think’, ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ are just a few of her songs that I really relate to. Aretha will be missed, but her music lives on forever. This lovely, talented, beautiful woman had a gorgeous, generous nature and she was a humble celebrity. Another song that comes to mind is ‘Freeway of Love’. AnneMarie works in the Women’s Subscription Enterprise, Sydney. UP AND UP I love to play basketball, I play in the Division One team and last term my coach asked me if I would like to coach the Division Two team! I coach them every Wednesday for one hour and teach them general ball skills, and offence and defence skills too. We made it to the grand final in June. Even though we lost, the team played really well and I’m really proud of them. Coaching has been really great fun and the players look up to me as I’m in the state team. My confidence has also improved and I enjoy supporting them to become better players. Kellee sells The Big Issue at Hay St Body Shop and Miss Maud’s, Perth. THE BIG 5-0! It was my birthday on 13 July. I finally turned the BIG 5-0! I had my party on the Saturday night, which my friends and family attended. My exceptionally talented friend made my birthday cake. The flavour was vanilla with salted caramel and it was delish! I had a really good night and a great time. Caroline sells The Big Issue at London Court, St Georges Tce, Perth. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends Vendor Les F sadly passed away in June after a courageous battle. Les had been a Big Issue vendor since 2004. He pioneered selling the magazine in regional Victoria, first starting in Wangaratta before moving to Bendigo. There he not only sold The Big Issue but also took part in the community Street Soccer Program. Every Tuesday, without fail, Les would be there. He was even selected several times to represent regional Victoria in The Big Issue’s annual national street soccer tournament. Les loved to travel and I would often get a call saying, “I’m in Echuca and have organised a spot at the market to sell, can you send me some mags?” He later moved to Maryborough where he once again set about gaining permission to sell The Big Issue in the main street and its markets. The Big Issue gave Les the opportunity to do his favourite things – to travel and meet people. He’ll be missed. Kirstie P, Vendor Support Manager, Melbourne. DO YOU SEE? In the blink of an eye, I watch a thousand versions of myself walk by. In their eye, who am I? Am I important to you, like you are to me? My dreams are equal to yours. Do you see what I see? Megan L sells The Big Issue at Railway Square, Sydney. FELINE FINE What a year it has been so far for me and my cat Squishy. Me being in the magazine’s vendor profile [Ed#552] and moving house. So me and Squishy are doing good and want to thank everybody. Garry sells The Big Issue at Flagstaff Station, Melbourne. BIG LUNCH, BIG WIN I just want to thank all the people who attended The Big Issue’s Big Lunch at Adelaide Central Market and bought a magazine from me. Your help means a lot! The money I made that day helped me pay my school fees – I paid for the next two semesters in advance. It felt really good being at The Big Lunch. I was a bit nervous at first as I’ve never been to anything like it, never spoken to a big group of people like that. But Amanda Blair was great as the MC. Once she started cracking jokes it made me really comfy. Being able to tell my story to an audience made me feel proud of myself. I feel more confident now. I’msogladIamabletogotoTAFEand study literacy. I used to be so ashamed of myself, but this is no longer the case. If you have trouble reading, writing or with your maths, don’t be ashamed, don’t be scared of speaking to someone. You can call the Reading Writing Hotline on 1300 655 506 and they will put you onto a course. Good luck! Ron K sells The Big Issue in Pirie St and around the Adelaide CBD. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.