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Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup

The first Homeless World Cup was in Graz, Austria in 2003. Since then Gothenburg, Edinburgh, Cape Town and Copenhagen have played host to the tournament. Having participated with our Street Socceroos since the 2005 tournament in Edinburgh, The Big Issue put in a successful bid to host the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne.

Melbourne will host the sixth Homeless Word Cup and will welcome teams from over 50 nations worldwide. Players will come together in the spirit of sport and community to represent their countries, entertain the crowds and demonstrate the power of sport as a means of social inclusion.

Make sure you come to this fantastic free community event from the 1st December to 7th December 2008 in Melbourne.

Street Smart – Helping the homeless

Everyday, half the people who request immediate accommodation from the homeless service system are turned away & two in three children who require support can’t be helped. In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, Street Smart will partner with restaurants & diners to help these Australians.

When you dine at a participating restaurant we add an extra $2 to your bill. It’s not much but it’s a simple idea that adds up to a big impact on the lives of people who are homeless. This campaign runs from the 10th November until the 24th December so whether you’re planning a business meeting, an early Christmas dinner or just a catch up with good friends, we ask that you think about choosing one of our participating restaurants.

To find a full list of restaurants & to find out more about the great causes your money helps support, visit streetsmartaustralia.org

The Big Issue

The Big Issue is an independent current affairs & entertainment magazine sold in towns & cities throughout Australia by people experiencing homelessness and/or long term unemployment.

It provides an opportunity for vendors to positively change their lives by earning an income & interacting with the main stream community. Vendors keep half the cover price of every magazine they sell. All vendors receive training, sign a code of conduct & wear identification.

Two Flat Whites has been a supporter of The Big Issue for some time now & of all the magazines & newspapers in circulation, this is one of the best. The Big Issue covers politics, current affairs, community, the arts, film, music, books & so much more.

Another thing The Big Issue encourages & we love at Two Flat Whites, is its support of the community. It supports Australian small businesses, local writers & personalities & the opportunity for the people that sell the mag to contribute in writing & being interviewed for articles.

So get out there & support this great cause & help the less fortunate in the community. These people that sell The Big Issue have made a positive step to living a fulfilled life & can use your help. Say G’day & give the vendor a smile when purchasing your next or first Big Issue!

Article written by Liam Gibbs

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