The Big Issue has launched a digital version of its much-loved magazine, to help support vendors in need amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The magazine is usually sold on streets by vendors experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage but that operation has been halted due to the virus.
The online version is at https://issuu.com/thebigissueaustralia, still costs $9 and half goes to a new Hardship Fund to support at-risk vendors and help all of them get back on their feet.
The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson said with street selling suspended, the vendors were left without an income.
"We are seeing the very real impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on those living on the margins, including our Big Issue vendors," he said.
"As Australians turn to self-isolation during these unprecedented times, we needed to create new opportunities for the community to support our vendors, while also finding a way to deliver the same quality product to our readers at home.
"The digital version is the same iconic magazine readers know and love, filled with vendor stories, interviews, reviews, recipes and more.
"But importantly, all digital magazine purchases will help provide immediate financial support to our most vulnerable vendors during this challenging time, while also helping vendors get back on their feet once street selling resumes."