EMAILED – User Submitted – A Magazine With An Advantage


A Magazine With An Advantage

Who knew a magazine could get someone off the streets?

Homelessness is on the rise, and is becoming more and more of an issue in Australia. Currently, there are many organisations, both independent and government supported, who help homeless people. One of these enterprises stands out the most, and that is the Big Issue.

So how do these marginalised people make money?

The vendors are not paid a wage for each hour they work. Instead, they buy the magazines from the organisation for .50, and for each sale they take the remaining half. Currently, there are about 500 vendors, most of whom are men, but the women can also work by packing and getting the magazines ready for sale.

What does the magazine look like?

The Big Issue comes every fortnight with a vibrant, eye catching cover, and a large, easy-to-read title. It covers many topics in entertainment, politics, news, sports, social issues and food. It features interviews and stories from celebrities to vendors, from writers to comedians, and even from people you might pass on the street without a second glance. Overall, the magazine is definitely worth a read, or even a quick look through. It is a quirky, interesting and informative magazine, that will leave you hungry for more.

How can I get my hands on this magazine?

If you want to purchase a copy of the Big Issue, all you need to do is step outside onto the streets and look around. See the red caps and bright yellow vests? Yep, that’s them! Even if you can’t buy a copy, it won’t hurt to talk to the vendors and get to know them a little. These people have gone through a lot and would not mind to have a quick chat.

You could also consider subscribing to the magazine, and supporting the women behind the neat packaging and quality of the product. To subscribe, you can email the Big Issue to find out more about the program.

So next time you see a Big Issue vendor selling on the streets, consider your options. You never know how big of a difference you can make for that person.


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