Cindy is the kind of person that makes you feel like you’re a better person for knowing her.
Hidden under her Big Issue cap and shy facade is an amazing woman and an incredible story. She described her journey leaving Hobart where she was born, travelling to Paris for the Homeless Soccer World Cup, her travels around Australia where opportunities to sell ‘The Big Issue’ has taken her to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and finally up to Brisbane.
I learned all about her beautiful cockatiel Sunshine, and how her love for him has saved her life. She sells issues of the magazine just so she can have emergency savings for Sunshine, so he will always be safe and well looked after.
Cindy shared what it meant to her to live under the poverty line, she doesn’t mind her partner Eddie calling her a ‘tight-arse’ because she knows it means they can live comfortably and have savings in their bank account. It gets tough, she says, sometimes Eddie can get on her nerves, but without him she would be lost.
Her story is full of hardship, from childhood through to now, but she has met these struggles head on with fearless resilience and optimism.
For a woman who has copped pretty much everything life can throw at her, she let me into her life with open arms. Cindy is stubborn, cheeky and is the bravest woman I have met.
She shared all of this, and all I could do was listen. Listen and hope that I could give her an opportunity to see what I see - an incredible soul and a story worth telling. Through our eyes.