Gamble Free Day raises harm awareness
SENDING A MESSAGE: Anti-gaming campaigners (pictured) took to the streets of Tokoroa earlier this month to recognise Gamble Free Day.
The Salvation Army had a stall outside the Westpac Bank on Bridge St.
Gamble Free Day was held on September 1; its purpose was to raise awareness of the harm gambling could cause families and communities.
The stall had information pamphlets, pens and bags, which were handed out, and a decommissioned pokie machine formed part of the display. In the past 12 months more than $7 million have been spent in pokie machines in the South Waikato region.
Salvation Army community ministries manager Colin Bridle said the day was also a chance to thank community groups and individuals who sent submissions to South Waikato District Council earlier this year when the council reviewed its class four gambling policy.
‘‘This resulted in South Waikato District Council’s sinking lid policy,’’ he said.
‘‘Congratulations to South Waikato District Council. We hope this will lead to a reduction in social harm to families and the community over time. This was a great community effort.’’
Oasis Counselling is available for those seeking help or advice about problem gambling either for themselves or a family member. For more information call (07) 886 9812.