Tomorrow is Gamblefree Day. In Christchurch, we have a celebration event at Aranui High School (in Lianne Dalziel’s electorate) and I will be heading over there at about midday to support the fun. Come along if you are in Christchurch and support efforts to end harmful gambling! There are events in many parts of the country so hope you can get to something if you are not in our town. Check out http://www.pgfnz.org.nz/Gamblefree-Day-2012
The theme is Choice not Chance – and there is a great website with really thoughtful videos from people who have suffered as a result of a family member’s gambling addiction. There are few more powerful messages than those who are directly impacted by these issues. Have a look on http://choicenotchance.org.nz
It helps people to look for signs if you are concerned you or someone you love has a gambling addiction. If any of these sound familiar, it could point to a problem with your gambling. Things like spending more time or money than you planned; making excuses or being secretive to friends or family about how much money and time you spend gambling; feeling guilty or worried about your gambling; thinking you can gamble your way out of debt; losing interest in your friends, family or other activities; borrowing money for gambling
There’s lots more information – well worth a look. And there is a 24 hour information and support line. 080065465
So hope you can find an event in your town to get along and support Choice not Chance.