Weather can’t stop the Big Issues

The mixed bag of weather Ballarat has experienced lately is nothing for brave vendor of The Big Issue, Rob Gibbs as he approaches his eighth winter selling the magazine.

With weather expectations as low as six degrees on the job, Mr Gibbs says people tend to stay inside and hibernate.
However, he adds there are “too many regulars to count” with more than 10 purchases on a daily basis.

Mr Gibbs knows everyone form the bakers to the bankers, and even a vast majority of the general public.
“Meeting the customers is the best part and also getting some sales because that’s what I’m mainly here for,” he said.

The faces of bypasses light up at the sight of Mr Gibbs with his cheeky smile and friendly vibes.
“When someone is down, I make them feel better and that makes me feel good, it puts more of a shine on my day.”

The Big Issue magazine is published fortnightly and sold on the streets by vendors.
Mr Gibbs is based outside the Wendouree Bakers Delight from Monday to Friday and has done so since 2005.

“Time flies when you’re having fun,” he laughs.


Published in The Ballarat Courier, July 27 2013

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