The Big Issue : Edition 485
THE BIG ISSUE 29 MAY – 11 JUNE 2015 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 BEAM ME UP, BRIAN! Watching movies is my favourite pastime. I love all of the Star Trek movies, including Star Trek Generations, Star Trek Nemesis and Star Trek into Darkness. I like how they show glimpses of the future. I love all sci-fi movies. I am addicted! I especially love Aliens, Underworld and Resident Evil! My favourite fictional character is Captain James T Kirk from Star Trek, played by William Shatner. He was the first captain and is a great actor – I like his style. Apart from watching movies I also go shopping with my carer and enjoy working as a Big Issue vendor a few times a week. I love working at the Adelaide Arcade (near Haigh’s) and outside Hungry Jack’s (corner of Rundle Street). I am also trying to sell through my own business, Amway, but it is just the beginning. Hopefully I can make some profit from it soon. Brian S sells The Big Issue at Adelaide Arcade and Hungry Jack’s, Adelaide. MISSING YOU Heartfelt thanks and best wishes to my Big Issue clients. For all the years you have supported me, you made selling The Big Issue much more than ‘just a job’ – you’ve made me feel so welcome. All the best to your families, and those who have said ‘hello’. I have shifted to Frankston, so we won’t see each other as often. Wayne used to sell The Big Issue in Fairfield, Vic. TIGER TALES When I was young we had a dog named Tiger. He was the leader of the pack. We lived in a dead-end street called Waimea Avenue. The Helen Keller hostel was there, and five houses on each side. On one side there were no dogs and on the other there were seven, and Tiger sat at the top of the road. There was a German shepherd and a corgi in the middle of the road and the cars had to go around them. One night, I heard Tiger bark together with the dog down the street and then I saw a guy run out the back lane. The police were there and he ran straight into the police car, and the police locked him up. Manny sells The Big Issue at Edgecliff Railway Station, Sydney, NSW. DOING IT TOUGH I am writing this out of concern and personal experience as a single woman surviving on the streets. Three years ago, I was living in my car after having left my job to look after my elderly mother, who passed away in 2011. Since then, I have been living in boarding house accommodation, which is now coming to an end. This brings me once again to the scary thought of finding new safe and women- friendly accommodation, or facing homelessness once again. Throughout the past three years I have been doing some volunteering with church organisations in the city (Sydney), and have real concerns about the safety and welfare of women who find themselves living on the streets. Many of these women are in this situation because of domestic violence and relationship break-ups. Some are single, some also have children with them. Over this time I have had a glimpse into what it must be like to live in their shoes. They spend time at night hiding, as best as they can, from the threat of being assaulted, sometimes only getting sleep in daylight hours. I have witnessed mothers showering at public facilities with their children, or even washing in the ocean. Some get help from friends, but the help can’t last forever. What I keep seeing and what weighs heavily on my heart is the inequality between men and women in our society. Women are the ones who are responsible for raising a generation, and we as a society should be looking after them. Women should not be left to fend for themselves on the streets in a country as wealthy and developed as Australia. Cheryl wrote this with the help of a staff member at the Junction Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney. Stories, poems and pictures by Big Issue vendors and friends “I am an artist of original paintings, including a watercolour (at left) titled Along the Way to Buninyong, and the oil painting (right) is Lake Wendouree Walkers. I have had a few award- winning paintings, and have sold them, too. My paintings can be in oils, watercolours or pastels. If you are interested in any of the works here or want to see more, you can call Vendor Support in Melbourne on (03) 9663 4733. This is what I do when not selling The Big Issue.” Rob sells The Big Issue in front of Bakers Delight in Howitt Street, Wendouree, Ballarat, Vic.