The Big Issue : Edition 456
THEBIGISSUE18APR–1MAY2014 7 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 STREETSHEET Stories, poems and Big Issue vendors pictures by and friends RUNNING WITH LAST EDITION’S DO IT YOUR SELFIE THEME (ED#455) SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BIG ISSUE VENDORS AND STAFF RE-ENACT ELLEN’S FAMOUS OSCAR SELFIE. BACK ROW ANTHONY, MATT, MARK, OLWYN, NAOMI FRONT ROW KERRY, ADRIAN, MICHAEL, GARFIELD, JULIE KICKING GOALS Last year was a great year for me, with a lot of achievements and progress. It has been a real satisfying journey: at the start of the year I was rock bottom; now I’m feeling on top of the world. My self-esteem and spirit have grown, I am no longer dependent on drugs and I don’t need drugs to feel happy. It was slow progress at the start, but coming out on the other side has been worth it. I have turned my life around. At 35 years old I can look forward to a future, rather than living day- by-day. I now look to next week and next year. I have had some good role models and support throughout the past year: Bill the Street Soccer coach from Newcastle has been a good friend and great support; so has Michael, my caseworker from the Samaritans. I have taken each day as a challenge and ridden the ups and downs; I will continue to play street soccer. This year, I’m kicking goals with my mates and setting new challenges, continuing the journey of life. Gary B participates in the Street Soccer program in Newcastle, NSW. THANK YOU! I started living on the streets when I was about 14 years old and have been selling The Big Issue on and off for about 10 years. I just celebrated my first anniversary selling the magazine at Stirling Farmers Market [in WA] on Sundays. I wanted to say a big thank you to my customers, great stallholders and market staff for their support in buying the magazine and helping me start my new life. I really enjoy talking with members of the public and getting to know the community there, and helping to show that The Big Issue reaches out to the suburbs as well as the CBD. Selling The Big Issue has turned my life around and I look forward to giving out many more free chats and smiles in the future. Sean sells The Big Issue at Stirling Farmers Market (Stirling) and Central Park (Perth CBD). TIME FLIES It’s hard to believe we’re already so far into 2014! I hope this a great year for all my customers. On 20 March I celebrated 13 years selling The Big Issue. I am hoping I can get my pushbike so I can start training for my big bike ride around Australia. All the best for the rest of this year! James P sells The Big Issue at Glebe, Sydney. FAREWELL, QUEENSLAND Hi everyone. I’ve been selling mags for 10 years, but this is my first ‘Streetsheet’ contribution. I’ve been a Brisbane vendor for eight years and I am now selling in Sydney! I would just like to thank all my customers in Queensland for their support. You made my days brighter and I would like to thank the staff in Queensland and all the vendors, too. I’m now home with my family in Sydney and I am looking forward to continuing selling The Big Issue. Thank you Big Issue for a second chance in life! Cheerio! Damien sells The Big Issue at Martin Place, Sydney. MONKEY FOREST During the Christmas break and New Year period I went to Bali to visit friends. Even though it was during the rainy season, I had a really great time over there – especially at Monkey Forest. I walked around with a bunch of bananas and one cheeky monkey stole the whole bunch. But he didn’t stop there. The monkey also stole my hat,putitonandranupatree.Ihad to negotiate with the monkey and eventually got everything back. This was a highlight, but I also enjoyed fireworks on the beach, the markets, eating nasi goreng and learning Balinese. Next year I will try to go to Java. Ron sells The Big Issue at the Corner of King and Murray St in the Perth CBD.