The Big Issue : Edition 446
THEBIGISSUE22NOV–05DEC2013 7 VENDOR CRAIG GOT INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE MELBOURNE CUP IN EARLY NOVEMBER – WE CAN ONLY GUESS WHAT HE MIGHT DO FOR THE CHRISTMAS EDITION! YOU CAN CATCH CRAIG MOST MORNINGS AT PARLIAMENT STATION, MELBOURNE. PHOTOGRAPH BY THE BIG ISSUE’S MELISSA CRANENBURGH. STREETSHEET BOWLED OVER Hi, my name is Ricky H and I sell out the front of Taste on Rundle, a cafe on Rundle Street. I went bowling on Wednesday night. The first game I scored 211, and I finished with a 501 series over all three games. That was the best score I have ever bowled at Elizabeth, and I bowled five strikes in a row. I have never bowled five strikes in my time. All the teams I bowl against are very good, but I try to keep up with them. Sometimes they are better than me. Like everybody else, I have my up and downs, but I try to keep calm. Lots of love from your vendor, Ricky H. Ricky H sells The Big Issue on Rundle St, Adelaide. UNLOCKING YOUR POTENTIAL Seven months ago I was an empty shell. My spirit was broken. Mentally and physically I was a walking skeleton, battling two addictions – gambling and crystal meth. I had severe paranoia and psychosis, and was in such a bad head space I was at breaking point. My problems and demons had been destroying me for more than 20 years. I was sick of the stints in jail and homelessness, and all the baggage that comes with that lifestyle. I was in the process of selling my last few possessions to go on a drug-fuelled binge and move out of my unit. I advertised to sell my gear. No one rang. I changed my mind about selling my stuff and found some inner strength. I stopped using drugs and gambling all in the space of two weeks in early March. I started getting repaired. Day by day I got stronger. My first major achievement Stories, poems and Big Issue vendors pictures by and friends All 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 PITCH POEM We stand all day Keeping out of everyone’s way We try to make a sale But to no avail Have a look And buy our book This is The Big Issue We stand there just for you! David S sells The Big Issue at Westfield Shopping Centre in Burwood, Sydney. KICKING GOALS Every Wednesday, George from the Big Issue Street Soccer program visits the prison and we all play soccer. Everybody shares the ball and has a good time playing. Shannon B is a participant in The Big Issue’s Street Soccer program at Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne. THE REGULAR RETURNS Hi there, my name is Les and I have been selling up in Maryborough for a short time. It is great being back after my operation. I would like to thank all the Big Issue staff in the Melbourne office for their support when I was sick, and I would also like to thank the street soccer guys. I will be back kicking soon. Les sells The Big Issue in Maryborough, Victoria. LEARNING ON THE JOB I have only been in Australia since September last year and am learning English. Grammar gives me a headache! I come from South Korea, where I was a captain in the army. I am very happy when people understand me and I understand them. My favourite saying is, ‘Keep the change’! Richard C sells The Big Issue in Sydney. was when I got my mountain bike out of the hock shop. It felt great. Getting it out, I found a new hobby – fitness. I started cycling every day and it was great for my mental health and spirit. The satisfaction you get out of exercise is 100 times more fulfilling and beneficial than taking drugs and gambling. My self-esteem and confidence began to rise. Depression was no longer an issue in my life. I felt the best I had been in my whole life. I had a whole new lease on life. I was revitalised, came out of my shell and had started to use my potential. My challenges now are the ones I compete in – running events. Running a half marathon is amazing for your spirit. My spirit had been broken for a long time, feeling worthless. But I never gave up. It took a long time to overcome my problems. The human spirit is an amazing thing. If you put your heart and head into something, you can achieve anything. The sky is the limit. I don’t dwell on my past any more. I can’t change that, but I look to positive things in the future. I am in control of my own destiny now. Sometimes, dreams can come true. Gary B sells The Big Issue in Sydney.