The Big Issue is now 700 editions old! But our cover artist is just 10. Congratulations to Freya from Melbourne who has won our 2023 Kids Cover Competition, with her bright, festive drawing of Santa filling up stockings with copies of our magazine. “The idea kind of just came to me, really,” says Freya. “I just thought that if it’s going to be a Big Issue cover and it’s around Christmas, maybe people would like to give them as presents.” Indeed!
Shane has been a guest speaker with The Big Issue Classroom since 2011. He has spoken to many schools across Melbourne and Victoria, and enjoys sharing his story with others.
“When I first started I was really shy and found it really difficult to talk to big groups. Talking to students and selling the magazine has brought me out of my shell.
“I’ve now got a lot more confidence. I’m not as isolated anymore. I can now talk to people more easily, and know more people in the community.
“I enjoy this more than any other job I’ve had. The interaction with students is amazing. I love to see their reactions when they learn about homelessness. Kids come up to me weeks or months later and ask how I’m going – I can see the message is getting through.”