The Big Issue : Edition 463
THE BIG ISSUE 18 – 31 JULY 2014 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 A ROLLER-COASTER R IDE I spent all of my childhood in and out of hospital because of epilepsy. There were times when I hated having it. I even had a heart attack and a stroke when I was a child. My family looked after me and made sure I got better, and helped make my life easier as I was growing up. I completed all my schooling in Year 12 and then got into the hospitality industry. I did a bunch of courses and it was then that I got mixed up with the wrong people. I started smoking dope and cigarettes, and drinking. By the time Iwas25,Iwasoffthedopeandno longer drinking. It was all costing so much money and doing my head in. The only thing I do now is smoke cigarettes, but they are costly, too. I have a beautiful baby boy. His name is Charles and he is nearly 10 months old. He’s the best thing that has happened in my life and he will always be my special little man, no matter how tall he gets! I have made a heap of new friends selling The Big Issue magazine, and it helps me with my self-esteem. A big thank you to the Adelaide Big Issue staff, for being there when I needed someone to talk to. Kerry Anne sells The Big Issue at the Hilton Hotel, near the Adelaide Central Market. HITTING A ‘SIX’ Six months have passed. I hope the next six months go better. There are a lot of customers coming up and saying I make them happy and make them smile. So, to all my customers: thank you very much for supporting me. Glenn F sells The Big Issue outside the Commonwealth Bank on Elizabeth Street, Sydney. POEM FOR FRIENDS This is for my friends Sue, Foury and Rob From Darwin to Miami, USA If you see them, say hi From me Tell them Maree wants to catch up For drinks in Miami, USA I’ll go next year For the Cuban Festival In October 2015, USA. Maree sells The Big Issue in Civic, Canberra. FULLY CHARGED Many mornings I buy a coffee and sit down to enjoy it at a regular cafe. I pay upon ordering and, when leaving the other day, a staff member refunded my purchase price as another customer had paid for my coffee. It was a pleasant surprise and made me feel really special. Stuart B sells The Big Issue at Museum Station, Sydney. MY FRIEND JESS My friend Jess, My friend Jess, Is about to climb Mt Everest. My friend Jess, She is the best. Pharmacist by trade, And she is A-grade. My friend Jess, Is the very very best. My friend Jess. Based on a true story. Jessica sells The Big Issue at the Art Gallery concourse in Perth. ON THE MEND Hi to all my friends and customers. I have returned to sell The Big Issue on a casual basis. I have missed you all so very much. I have had a hard couple of years, but am on the mend. I sit on my regular pitch at IGA and, customers, I thoroughly recommend the coffee at The Falconer. They have been so supportive to me. Kerrie sells The Big Issue on Oxford Street, Sydney. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends GEELONG (VIC) VENDOR DARYL IS A MAN OF MANY TALENTS – PAINTING BEING ONE OF THEM. FOR SOME OF THE EFFECTS IN HIS WORK HE MAKES IMAGINATIVE USE OF MASKING-TAPE. HIS WORKS ARE FOR SALE: CONTACT THE BIG ISSUE, VENDOR SUPPORT, GPO BOX 4911, MELBOURNE 3001.