The Big Issue : Edition 464
10 THEBIGISSUE1–14AUG2014 LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT 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 • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ I started buying The Big Issue about six months ago when I found out what it was about – that is, helping disadvantaged people help themselves. I typically buy it from a vendor at Chifley Square in Sydney who is always extremely polite and very friendly. Today he offered me a discount on the latest issue while I was searching for coins, and was later so appreciative after I handed him a note and asked that he keep the change. It’s a great read with such a worthy cause, and I love being able to play a small part in assisting those who are doing it tough. Tina Kokkalis, Brighton Le Sands, NSW I work in the publishing industry, with access to many free magazines, yet I was humbled by the vendor in Martin Place, Sydney. It was his warm smile that made me turn around and go back to buy a Big Issue from him (and your fab ‘Oh Lorde’ cover was another motivation). I always found that even though I say I want to support the guys and girls for having a go and selling these mags on the streets, in rain, hail or shine, more often than not I am rushing past to my next commitment and promise to do it next time. Yet his gentle, positive energy stopped me in my tracks and I’m sure glad I did. He took the time to ask me how my day was, wishing me a good weekend, and in turn put a smile on my face! I have so much admiration for your vendors. Keep up the great work. Melissa, Sydney, NSW In response to Anna Salleh’s letter (‘Your Say’, Ed#463): I would just like to say that I have been buying The Big Issue for many years. I love what The Big Issue stands for, enjoy talking to ‘my’ vendors and really enjoy the articles, which bear no resemblance at all to free lifestyle GETTING PERSPECTIVE I was recently in Brisbane and purchased The Big Issue from an extremely polite vendor [Barry] on the corner of Queen and Wharf streets. Afterwards, as I was preparing to cross the road, a lady approached and told him to “get a job”. I was shocked by the ignorance of this comment. Not only was this vendor actively doing something to improve his livelihood, but this woman had no knowledge of his background; nor is it as easy as simply ‘getting a job’ in today’s economic environment. I congratulate The Big Issue and urge all vendors not to be fazed by such ignorance. Richard, Melbourne, Vic Richard wins a copy of Freaks & Geeks (see our DVD review on p37). FACEBOOK FRIENDS Suzanne Tunks Out of every publication in Australia, your magazine is the only one that I thoroughly enjoy, learn from, get inspired by, chuckle at, get teary at, from cover to cover – every time! And half of the price goes directly to the seller, helping create a better life for folks who really deserve a helping hand. Thanks, Big Issue, for being such a star! mags. Quite the opposite in fact. Thank you for all these articles... keep them coming. Julie Beck, North Balwyn, Vic Congratulations on your latest advertising campaign. It really made me think and I am now a regular buyer. Well done. Keren Seelander, St Peters, SA My name is Peter, although many know me as Bubba. I work on the streets of Melbourne. I have met many people in the past six months, some who share their stories over a hot drink or food. I enjoy the conversations with Big Issue vendors, and thank them for the contribution they make. Thank you. Peter Whitefield, Croydon Hills, Vic @AmyJayBird Feet soaking, but home only 1 hour away, yet I was still grumpy. Then I saw a @thebigissue seller, gave him all my change. Perspective. Family @lilaafam @thebigissue quick fix #40 from [The Big Issue Ed#463] has lightened up my day!! I now want to eat some nuggets #supportthebigissue.