We're excited to release our 500th edition, which is also our annual Christmas magazine, this Friday (11 December). Dave Hughes, Annabel Crabb, Matt Moran and players from Carlton and Fremantle football clubs will be among well-known names to don The Big Issue's fluoro vest in the lead up to Christmas to help us celebrate this milestone.
The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson says more than 10 million copies of The Big Issue magazine have been sold around Australia since 1996, putting $21 million into the pockets of sellers.
“Around 500 people sell the magazine across the country each fortnight – rain, hail or shine. From humble beginnings, the magazine has become a lively national, independent publication that is the flagship for an organisation offering many innovative programs, all aimed at helping disadvantaged people.”
The Big Issue’s editor Alan Attwood says the 500th edition represents a remarkable survival story over a period when print publications have struggled, here and around the world.
“The Big Issue is unique in the Australian media landscape – a magazine that exists to assist the people who sell it. This milestone is a tribute not only to our remarkable vendors over 500 editions but also everyone who has supported what we do.”
Celebrity guest sellers will spend 30 minutes spruiking the magazine alongside a Big Issue vendor in the lead up to Christmas. Make sure you get out and buy a copy from them in the following locations.
Carlton Football Club - Dennis Armfield and Cameron Wood: 12.30pm, Saturday 12 December, Bourke St Mall, Melbourne
Meshel Laurie: 12pm, Monday 14 December, Flinders St Station, Melbourne
Dave Hughes: 12:30pm, Monday 14 December, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
St Kilda Football Club - Shane Savage: 1pm, Tuesday 15 December, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
Judith Lucy: 10am, Friday 18 December, Acland Arcade, Acland St, St Kilda
Denise Scott: 12.30pm, Friday 18 December, Bourke St Mall, Melbourne
New South Wales:
Peter Garrett: 12pm, Friday 11 December, Pacific Square/ Maroubra Junction, Maroubra
Annabel Crabb: 2pm, Tuesday, 15 December, Devonshire tunnel, George Street, Sydney
Matt Moran: 12pm, Friday 18 December, Pier 4, Circular Quay, Sydney
Fremantle Dockers - Michael Barlow & Lee Spurr: 1.15pm, Tuesday 15 December, High St Mall, Fremantle
Woody Whitelaw (92.9 FM): Wednesday, 23 December, Subiaco time TBC
Australian Capital Territory:
Canberra United FC: Time and location TBC
Amanda Blair: 9am, 12 December, Goodwood Rd Shops, Goodwood, Adelaide
Simon Bryant: 12.30pm, Tuesday, 22 December, Adelaide Central Markets, Gouger St entrance, Adelaide
Callum Hann: 1pm, Tuesday, 22 December, Adelaide Central Markets, Gouger St entrance, Adelaide
Bree May: 1.30pm, Tuesday, 22 December, Adelaide Central Markets, Gouger St entrance, Adelaide
Poh Ling Yeow: Time and location TBC
The Big Issue’s 500th edition will be on sale until 25 December, featuring Melbourne vendor Darryl on the cover and Christmas messages from vendors around the country.
For a media release, click here.