SOMEWHERE over in Rainbow, you’ll find David B.
Subiaco’s much-loved Big Issue vendor is heading over to the rural Victorian town after years selling the magazine on Rokeby Road.
“This will be my sixth and last Christmas with the Big Issue; I’ve been selling the magazine (in Subiaco) pretty much every day for the last five and a half years,” he said.
“I’m going to live in a little place called Rainbow in Victoria.
“Dad passed away recently, and Mum’s 85 and on her own, so I’m going to look after the property and look after Mum so she can stay at home.”
David said selling the Big Issue gave him the ability to go back and forth visiting his elderly parents for many years, and he has enjoyed meeting so many friendly faces.
“I know heaps of people in Subiaco, and I wanted to say thank you to all my friends and customers for their support over the years; it’s been much appreciated,” he said.
Big Issue’s WA state manager Andrew Joske said David was the perfect vendor.
“His situation in Subiaco’s a really good example of the community embracing a vendor and a vendor embracing the community, which is what we’re all about,” he said.
“We’re going to miss him.”
There will soon be some new faces to meet selling Big Issue in Subiaco, but you can still see David around if you pick up a copy of the 2018 Big Issue calendar; he’s smiling from the July pages.