The Big Issue magazine is launching a digital edition and appealing for public help to ensure its continuation.
In a statement, Big Issue journalist Samantha McMurdock, writes: “These are uncertain times for every business, but for those who are homeless or in vulnerable housing and depend on their Big Issue sales to make a living, things are very bleak indeed.
“Many of our vendors use their takings to fund a bed for the night and essential food and toiletries. At the moment, we cannot produce a physical magazine for our vendors to sell on the streets as Covid-19 prevents this, but the magazine is launching digitally on Friday May 22, and we ask that you help us keep the magazine alive until we can go back out on the streets again.”
The online Big Issue can be read for free at www.irelandsbigissuemagazine.com.
“If you enjoy it, feel free to support us for less than the price of a coffee £3 per Issue to help us keep the Big Issue alive via our PayPal on the website,” Samantha said.
“Our ethos is, ‘A hand up, not a hand out,’ and your support during these trying times can keep us going until the coronavirus leaves our island.
“Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you would like to make a discretionary payment, you can do so via the link on the website or PayPal email@example.com.”