The Big Issue : Edition 458
10 THEBIGISSUE9–22MAY2014 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 email@example.com • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ $6 No 457 2–8May2014 G REAT EXPECTATIONS The world of teenagers HELPING PEOPLE HE LP THEMSELVES $3 of the cover price goes to your vendor raised go to White Ribbon Australia, all costs will be met by the organiser. For more information, see walkamileperth. com.au. Sandy Taylor, founder, Easoto, Perth, WA FROM OUR FOREIGN DESK... I want you to know about a very special vendor of The Big Issue, Simone, who works outside Marks & Spencer in Bedford. I am partially disabled and drive a small motorised buggy. Simone helps me regularly, opening the heavy door of M&S for me, unloading my trolley into the buggy and returning the buggy to the shop. Recently I was in the street and saw Simone across the store waving my buggy keys at me. Usually so careful, that day I had inadvertently left the keys in the buggy. She saw a man looking at the buggy and eyeing the keys. Fearful I was going to be robbed, she approached him, recovered the keys and returned them to me. A good Samaritan as well as an excellent vendor! Heather, Bedford, From The Big Issue Scotland, Ed#986, 22–28 April FACEBOOK FRIENDS Kyla Hayden I’ve just finished the April ‘Selfie’ edition (Ed#455) and was so impressed by the content and quality of writing. Honestly, it has been a long time since I’ve read such varied content on things that really matter in the world (or just off-the- wall ideas) and all written so well. The edition had great articles about the rise and rise of ‘selfies’, a person who has recently lost a sister and what it means to be just a little bit deaf. It was so good to read! And that’s just a start. A lot of the magazine is by people who aren’t professional writers, about things that don’t usually get a look-in as part of the mainstream media. It really puts things in perspective and makes you think about the world in a different way. We’ve subscribed to the magazine @DZ_AU I began buying @thebigissue to help those helping themselves. Now I equally look forward to Ms @HelenRazer’s column #truestory @KatieCJ Hi @thebigissue, loved your Selfie issue (Ed#455). So many interesting articles. Awesome work! just recently to support [marginalised and disadvantaged] women. Without sounding all evangelistic, I would really recommend people picking up a copy next time they pass a vendor or subscribing. For more information on how a subscription to The Big Issue can help marginalised women, visit thebigissue. org.au/about/ UNEXPECTED CONNECTION I’d like to thank the wonderful man who sold me my Big Issue mag a few weeks ago on Bourke Street in Melbourne. We started talking about fracking, the environment; the world and its problems. He walked with me a block and a half, telling me his ideas for a better world. I wish I knew his name. I can’t really explain it, but our encounter made my day, my week, my month. Joy, connection and hope can be found in the most unexpected places. Thank you, from the top and bottom of my heart. Natasha Mills, Merrimu, Vic Natasha wins a copy of The Swan Gondola (see our review on p41). Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness for women. Easoto is sponsoring the inaugural Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, event in Perth, which is a men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence against women. The event is set for 18 May and is based on the old saying, “You can’t understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. This event will see men slip into high heels and walk for one mile to raise awareness and funds for sexualised violence education, prevention and remediation. All funds LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT @CMColahan That @HelenRazer really can write. Also you should buy @thebigissue @mattcolecreates Tip: Always carry around $10. You never know when you will come across @salvos or the latest edition of @thebigissue @WestEndComUnity Ted is our vendor @WestEnd- ComUnity House. We get a flower with every new edition of @thebigissue ;) Thank you Ted!