Family events and activities are happening all around the country leading up to Gamblefree Day, Saturday 1 September.
Tony Milne, Problem Gambling Foundation National Manager of Public Health, says Gamblefree Day is the major awareness-raising day for problem gambling in New Zealand. “The impact of problem gambling shouldn't be underestimated. Each year in New Zealand an estimated 60,000 people with a gambling problem have a direct impact on the lives of 300,000 to 600,000 other people".
A series of free events take place around the country with Scribe, other artists and local finalists of the Scribe With Us competition performing to help spread the word and put an end to gambling harm.
In Auckland, you can catch Scribe, Tyree and local finalists at a Whanau Fun Day at Papakura Marae, 29 Hunua Road, Papakura, between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 1 September. Scribe is also currently running a song competition called Scribe Wtih Us to promote the harm of problem gambling.
The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) in Wellington acknowledged Gamblefree Day on Wednesday 29 August at the offical opening of PGF’s new offices and clinic at Level 5, 148 Cuba Street.
The cultural diversity of Nelson was showcased with song and dance at a special event being held on Saturday 25 August between 10am and 1pm at the historic 1903 site situated near the Nelson Cathedral steps. This will serve as a platform for the regional finalist of the Scribe With Us competition to perform and provide a great opportunity to discuss gambling-related harm.
In Christchurch, bring the whanau to Aranui High school, Saturday 1 September, between 11am and 2pm for a day of fun including musical entertainment from Scribe With Us competition finalists. This event is hosted by the Problem Gambling Foundation, Salvation Army, Oasis Centre and Pacific Island Evaluation.
In Waimakariri bring a picnic to Rangiora Community Garden, 115 East Belt between 11am and 2pm and enjoy music, face-painting, a walk in the garden, a sausage sizzle, and more.
Asian Family Services at the Problem Gambling Foundation have encouraged people to write a story about gambling harm to be in to win one of three prizes in each language division. Awards will be held on Saturday 15 September, 2pm at Chinatown, 262 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland.
Mapu Maia and Tupu Services are holding a poetry and song competition themed Family Yes!...Gambling No! in conjunction with Radio Samoa. A special prize giving event will be held on Monday 3 September from 6pm at the Papatoetoe Town Hall.
For further information contact Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand: Andrée Froude, Communications Manager, (09) 369 0723 or 027 489 4801 or Tony Milne, National Manager of Public Health