The Big Issue : Edition 447
10 THEBIGISSUE6–25DEC2013 Commission, providing information on the process and making referrals to other services. The RCSS is available not just to victims, but also to family members and employees of institutions or organisations where child sex abuse occurred. Contact (08) 9489 6390 for more information. Charmaine Kennedy, manager of RCSS, Perth, WA Everyone seems to be too busy these days to stop and have a chat. Everyone, it seems, except the Big Issue vendors. On a recent trip into the Sydney CBD, I exchanged some witty banter with vendors in Pitt Street Mall and Castlereagh Street. Their presence is always welcomed. Yep, The Big Issue IS the talk of the town! Stella Lombard, Lane Cove, NSW FACEBOOK FRIENDS Kelsie White Hey, Big Issue! I just wanted to post a little story that made my morning. I was walking past a seller in Perth and he said “hello” to a man who looked very deep in thought. The man stopped and they had a brief conversation. The man walked a few steps to continue on with his day and then quickly turned around and rushed back to the seller. He asked the seller what he was doing and then bought a magazine straight away. It was lovely to see this interaction – made my morning! YOUR SAY ‘Your Say’ submissions must be 100 words or less, contain the writer’s full name and home address, and may be edited for clarity or space. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email firstname.lastname@example.org • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT In response to Michel Streich’s article (‘Lest We Forget: Animals’, Ed#445): The animals that have served and suffered in Australia’s wars are remembered. The Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the RSPCA joined together to create the Animals in War Memorial on the AWM’s grounds in Canberra. Alayne Alvis, Erskineville, NSW I was delighted today to receive my first Christmas card. It was from Brian, who called himself my ‘cheeky’ vendor. I loved the card and the thoughtfulness that made it happen. Thank you, Brian. Anne Parnis, Glenelg, SA Thanks for your letter; we’ve passed on your message to Brian – Ed. I agree wholeheartedly with Fiona Scott-Norman (‘Pub with No Cheer, Ed#445), about television in public places. If I want to watch something on TV I will stay home, or go to a sports bar and watch it there. I certainly do not want to have television thrust in my face and ears while I am trying to enjoy a social occasion or a quiet meal out. I hope that Fiona will continue hitting out at such foolishness – as she has done regularly in your pages. John Trewartha, Hove, SA The Royal Commission has been investigating occurrences of child sex abuse in Australian institutions – and the response to these incidents. There are many individuals choosing to step forward to give evidence to help prevent abuse from occurring in the future. However, sharing their traumatic experiences as part of the enquiry can be a difficult process. The Royal Commission Support Service (RCSS), run by Relationships Australia, offers support and counselling to those who are sharing, or considering sharing, their stories. We can support people through the entire process and assist with any issues that may arise during their experience. This includes accompanying people to the Royal @louisekanis Just bought 4 @thebigissue 2014 calendars. My seller has written his birthday in each one! I hope he gets lots of wishes on the day. WELCOM E BACK, M ICHAEL! I just wanted to wish Michael a very warm welcome back to his pitch outside Java Coast Cafe in George Street, Brisbane. I know I have sorely missed Michael’s friendly smile and I am sure many others have, too. I am very glad he is back; George Street wasn’t the same without him! Stevie Martin, Brisbane, QLD Stevie receives a copy of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (see review on p45) and Redfern Now: Season 2 (see p47). Thanks for your letter, Stevie, we’ve passed this on to Michael. We’re very happy he’s back, too – Ed. Don’t forget: the perfect present is on sale now: The Big Issue 2014 Calendar. Featuring cartoons by Andrew Weldon and work by other Big Issue artists, it is only $6 – and available from your vendor.