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Smart cookies get help

Tuesday, 21st May, 2013

Lifeline’s Gambling Counsellor Greg Pearce. Lifeline’s Gambling Counsellor Greg Pearce.

By Erica Visser

If you’re a problem gambler, your fortune probably depends on getting help.

That’s the message Broken Hill Lifeline is aiming to convey using a sweet treat next week.

As part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Lifeline will hand out fortune cookies containing the important message of how to get help.
Lifeline’s Gambling Counsellor for Broken Hill and surrounding areas, Greg Pearce, said that he would visit the city’s clubs to distribute the cookies from Monday.

“We have found in the past that affected people are sometimes reluctant to seek help when we do our outreach activities,” Mr Pearce said.

“These cookies are a friendly way of spreading the message that we are approachable, we’re here, and we’re ready to help both problem gamblers and their loved ones to make their lives better.”

Mr Pearce said that about one in 10 gamblers ended up getting hooked so it was best not to leave it until things became drastic.

“Take hold of your life and finances now and let us help you change your future for the better,” he said.

“We have seen and helped many people in the past and we welcome your call.”

Mr Pearce will also hold a stall at Centro Westside Plaza on Saturday, May 25 from 10am to 12pm.

He said that it was important to be out and about, given that problem gamblers were not just found in clubs.

“Online gambling is a massive issue at the moment. It’s very difficult to access people who gamble online so we have to go out in the community to get the message out there.”

If gambling is affecting your life you can call the 24-hour Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858. Alternatively, to set up a meeting with Mr Pearce call 8087 7525.

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