The Big Issue reaches $26 million milestone

16 October 2017 Magazine

The Big Issue reaches $26 million milestone

This week is Anti-Poverty Week and The Big Issue is celebrating a big milestone – $26 million has now gone into the pockets of Big Issue vendors.

Since The Big Issue was first sold on the steps of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station in 1996, more than 6,500 homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians have sold over 11 million magazines.

Vendors buy copies of the magazine for $3.50 and sell them for $7 – earning a meaningful income.

The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson said this latest milestone shows the difference that can be made by helping people help themselves.

“It’s incredibly fitting to celebrate our vendors reaching $26 million in earnings during Anti-Poverty Week,” Persson said. 

“We’re proud that The Big Issue magazine currently gives more than 500 homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a meaningful income and reconnect with the community.

“On streets around the country, our vendors are working hard to change their lives – with the valuable support of our readers who have embraced The Big Issue and its cause.

“This Anti-Poverty Week I encourage all Australians to support their local vendor, whether by purchasing a magazine or stopping to have a chat.” 

Anti-Poverty Week, running from 15 to 21 October, aims to educate individuals about poverty and hardship, as well as encourage communities, organisations and governments to work towards a solution.

The Big Issue, while best known for its popular street magazine, runs an additional five programs and enterprises, including a subscription service employing vulnerable women and an initiative to increase Australia's supply of social and affordable housing. These allow The Big Issue to tackle different aspects of homelessness and disadvantage.

The Big Issue is #proudlyworking during Anti-Poverty Week 2017.

Buy a copy of the magazine from your local vendor and help fight poverty. 


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