But the build up to what was the very first Gambling Harm Awareness Week #GHAW2016 this September has had more than a few of the staff from the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) uttering “phew.”
What a week it was! For the first time ever, the public health sector came together to raise awareness of gambling harm from 5 to 11 September, by hosting various events and activities across the nation.
Central and Wellington
In Whanganui the PGF team collaborated with Nga Tai O Te Awa. They set up a tent where the children could get their faces painted and do some colouring which gave our team a chance to korero with their parents and grandparents about gambling.
Midlands and Hamilton
The staff were at the Welcome Bay Community Centre handing out resources and performing brief interventions. Papamoa Support Centre set up a display and invited our staff to conduct regular brief interventions.
At the start of #GHAW2016 the team set up displays in four of the six libraries in Hamilton.
#GHAW2016 got some good exposure in the South Waikato with displays at the District Library in Tokoroa, South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services Trust and the Tokoroa Council of Social Services. This eventuated in a radio interview on Radio Raukawa last week.
PGF staff organised a series of community screenings of the documentary, KaChing! Pokie Nation. It was screened to five separate communities and hosted by organisations working with those communities.
Numbers attending each screening ranged from 12-30 people with kai, questions and answers on the impact of gambling harm in each respective community.
Thanks to Choice Not Chance for their support with all of our events across New Zealand.