Big is­sues

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty sup­ports The Big Is­sue by be­com­ing a ven­dor of the mag­a­zine she of­ten reads.

CITY of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty sup­ports the lo­cal com­mu­nity and is not one to shy away from the big is­sues im­por­tant to res­i­dents.

Ms Do­herty took to the street this week in sup­port of The Big Is­sue mag­a­zine and be­came a ven­dor for the af­ter­noon, sup­port­ing lo­cal distrib­u­tor Chris Ung­vary.

State op­er­a­tions man­ager WA An­drew Joske said the ven­dors were the whole rea­son The Big Is­sue ex­isted.

“The mag­a­zine pro­vides mean­ing­ful work op­por­tu­ni­ties to peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness and dis­ad­van­tage,” he said.

“Ven­dors earn a lifechang­ing in­come from sell­ing The Big Is­sue.

“But for many ven­dors, it’s about more than money, it’s about hav­ing a sense of pride and pur­pose, mak­ing con­nec­tions with cus­tomers and be­ing part of a com­mu­nity.”

Stand­ing by Mr Ung­vary’s side on the cor­ner of An­gelo and An­stey streets, Ms Do­herty sold the in­de­pen­dent pub­li­ca­tion full of “heart-warm­ing” sto­ries. “I fre­quently buy The

Big Is­sue; it is some­thing that’s close to my heart and it’s re­ally im­por­tant to sup­port peo­ple who sell it,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486517

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty on the job with Big Is­sue seller Chris Ung­vary.

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