Fremantle players Michael Barlow and Lee Spurr took Freo's High Street Mall by storm Tuesday afternoon when they joined forces with local sellers to distribute The Big Issue.
The fortnightly magazine is sold to homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged vendors for $3.50 who then on-sell them for $7, keeping the difference.
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“A lot of us have connections with charity and with The Big Issue getting on board this year with Fremantle it’s good to come down and see what they do,” Barlow said.
“It’s really heart-warming to see the work they do and the support they get as well.
“Being less fortunate and capable at times to do certain jobs, The Big Issue does fantastic work in giving the opportunity to these guys to make ends meet."
The Big Issue is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a multitude of programs aimed at increasing awareness of disadvantaged people and creating job opportunities through its magazine distribution.
“There’s a lot of disadvantaged people out there,” Spurr said.
“This is the opportunity for them to get back on their feet.
“It’s very hard what people deal with, even selling the issue is hard.”
Spurr said the pair was committed to assisting the people through opportunities with The Big Issue.
“[Michael] and I have in the past have done some work in this area and we’re pretty passionate about it,” he said.
“We’ll continue doing this going forward and help the people of Fremantle out when we can.”
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