Renae, who sells The Big Issue Australia in Adelaide, lives by her personal motto: "keep moving forward, don’t let anything hold you back".
|Photo of Renae by Andy Rasheed|
Renae first heard about The Big Issue through a family friend. She found the training easy to understand and, on her first attempt, sold her bundle of magazines in just a few hours.
"It's quite fun, and gets me out of the house for a few hours," she says. "I only do it four days a week now. I don't know the customers' names, but they do like to have a chat if they've got time.
"My favourite spot is the Adelaide Arcade. I just hold the magazine up, and people ask me about it. Sometimes they buy it, sometimes they don't, but at least they know what it’s about.”
Ultimately, Renae would love a job that lets her work with her hands, such as building – a passion she pursues in her spare time.
"At the moment I'm building a guinea-pig cage…I've got heaps of stuff to do. I've got a belt sander, some basic tools, even a biscuit cutter, but I still want to get a bench planer and a thicknesser.”
In the next couple of years, Renae hopes to secure a carpentry apprenticeship, which could lead her into full time work.
“But I think I'll be selling The Big Issue for a while yet,” she adds. “I'm told it can take a couple of years to get an apprenticeship. My motto is 'keep moving forward, don't let anything hold you back'."
This is a summary of an article by The Big Issue Australia reporter Peter Ascot published on INSP's News Service. Street paper editors can view, download and republish the full article here.