Football players are selling The Big Issue this week to support the street magazine’s homeless and disadvantaged vendors.
Players from eight clubs, across three football codes, are hitting streets around Australia to sell copies of The Big Issue Christmas Edition alongside vendors in 30-minute sessions.
Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Lions, Carlton FC, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Melbourne Storm, Port Adelaide, Queensland Reds and Sydney Swans will compete to sell the most magazines and win The Big Issue’s inaugural Footy Sales Challenge trophy.
Adelaide selling session:
Port Adelaide - Justin Westhoff and Tom Clurey
2-2.30pm, Tuesday 6 December, outside The Body Shop, Rundle Mall, CBD.
Brisbane selling sessions:
Brisbane Lions - Daniel Rich, Matt Eagles and Tom Bell
3-3.30pm, Tuesday 6 December, cnr Adelaide and Albert St, CBD.
Queensland Reds - Brad Thorn, Lukhan Tui and Sam Talakai
2-2.30pm, Wednesday 7 December, outside Queens Plaza, CBD.
Brisbane Broncos - Josh McGuire andTevita Pangai Jnr
3-3.30pm, Tuesday 13 December, cnr Adelaide and Albert St, CBD.
Melbourne selling sessions:
Melbourne Storm - Jeremy Hawkins, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Vincent Leuluai
10-10.30am, Wednesday 7 December, outside Myer, Bourke Street Mall, CBD
Carlton FC - Dennis Armfield, Jed Lamb and Harry McKay
3-3.30pm, Thursday 8 December, outside H&M, Bourke Street Mall, CBD.
Sydney selling sessions:
Greater Western Sydney Giants - Aidan Corr and Tom Downie
2-2.30pm, Tuesday 6 December, corner of Pitt and Market Streets, CBD
Sydney Swans - Harry Cunningham, Sam Murray and Tyrone Leonardis
5.30-6pm, Wednesday 7 December, corner of Oxford Street and Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
The Big Issue Christmas Edition is on sale from 2-25 December. The bumper edition is eight pages longer than regular editions and features holiday wishes written by Big Issue vendors, a look at Australia’s housing shortage and an interview with Micky Dolenz from The Monkees – among much more.
Vendors buy copies of The Big Issue for $3.50 and sell them for $7, earning the $3.50 difference from each sale. More than 6500 men and women have sold The Big Issue since it launched in Australia 20 years ago, collectively earning $24 million.
View the media release here.