The Big Issue : Edition 575
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 16 NOV–2 DEC 2018 7 STREETSHEET SELLING & SAVING I have aniridia, which means I don’t haveanirisinmyeyes–Iwasborn with this. I’m not homeless but I have struggled with debt, and selling The Big Issue has been a big help. I have some big expenses coming up, like my son’s wedding, and I need a new bed and fridge. I like selling because it gets me out of the house. David sells The Big Issue in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne. BELIEVE IN CHER On Friday 12 October I went to the Perth Arena – Cher was performing. My mum wanted to go and I managed to sort the tickets out. I purchased tickets five rows from the front. Cher put on an awesome show. It was sold out. She sang her greatest hits, such as ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, ‘Believe’, ‘Walking in Memphis’ and more. Cher also sang hits from her Abba cover album – my mum purchased the CD. The set-up was spectacular, so much colour throughout the night. Cher also wore a lot of different costumes. The lead guitarist on this tour was Joel Hoekstra. He is in the movie Rock of Ages. He is also a member of the band Whitesnake, who had that well-known song ‘Here I Go Again’. David L sells The Big Issue at the Subiaco Markets and the WA Art Gallery, Perth. OVER THE MOON To the lovely people of Paddington and surrounds, I would very much like to thank you because without your sincere support and kindness I would probably be pushing up daisies somewhere. I am not joking, believe me. You all mean so much Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends On Friday 21 September I went to the Perth International Boat Show, and I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan from Hook, Line and Sinker fishing show. I’ve been following the show on social media for some years and I recently set up a fan page on Facebook. Before the show I was told by Nick that they were flattered by the fan page. In the photo is me pictured with Nick Duigan (left) and Andrew Hart, at the Yamaha stand. If you ever have the opportunity to meet them, you’ll have a ball with them. Assunta sells The Big Issue outside the Health Department in East Perth. to me. Okay, I don’t have family as such. I’ve been in the wilderness for much too long now. Without your lovely ways I would find it difficult to have the guts to keep on keeping on. I am so very happy and proud to be accepted by you all and I am a thousand times over the moon. The Big Issue has certainly put me on a sure footing to keep me striving for a life anew. Bear with me please. Peter W sells The Big Issue at the Paddington shops, Brisbane. BRAND NEW DAY The first day in a new job is always the hardest. I received my training as a Big Issue vendor on a Wednesday morning. Kirstie patiently explained to me what I could, and could not, do and I was eager to go on my first shift. I learned that I have to book my pitch (the place I’m allowed to sell) with the office before hitting the road. I picked a pitch on the Paris End of Collins Street, got a cap and a bag and my badge, bought some magazines and went on my way. I hadn’t seen anyone selling The Big Issue on that corner before, so I had no idea where to stand. I couldn’t spruik, as I had a sore throat, so I just held up a magazine and waited for my first customer. It took about an hour before someone approached me and asked, “How much?” “Only seven dollars,” I replied with a smile. It was a visitor from Brisbane. I told him that he was my first customer on my first day. He wished me good luck, and walked on. After three hours of standing holding up a magazine I got cold and tired, so I called it a day. I haven’t found a regular pitch yet, but every new customer brings a smile to my face. I enjoy the good days and forget the bad ones as fast as I can. Lenny sells The Big Issue in Melbourne. » All vendor contributors to Streetsheet are paid for their work.