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The Emerging Communities Responsible Gambling Program (ECRGP) is a project funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and is designed to build upon the initial Wyndham Gambling Prevention Program pilot project to develop sustainable, community-driven, culturally and linguistically appropriate programs.
ECRGP aims to extend gambling prevention and awareness initiatives to support all adult members of eight African and Burmese background emerging communities across the Melbourne metropolitan area. We aim to encourage an awareness and acknowledgement of the enticements of the various forms of gambling and encourage the adoption of prevention and and support strategies within a responsible, non-threatening, non-stigmatising way that aligns culturally with each community's approach to providing education and support.
HACN would like to express its appreciation to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation who made the funds and professional support available to address these problems in our communities in respectful, culturally responsive and empowering ways.
This educational resource kit developed in five community languages contains information that will be helpful to those who are seeking assistance either for themselves, their family and friends or community members. It is translated into Amharic, Somali, Dinka, Karen and Chin to increase these communities’ access to information in their own language. HACN extensively worked with community elders from Sudan, Ethiopia, Burma and Somalia who identified what gambling means to them and their respective communities and assisted in developing this resource kit. What gambling means for them and their messages are listed below:
From the Sudanese elders:
Lotto drains your money away
Gambling is a wildfire- it can burn your savings, welfare and wallet (devastating rapidly)
Hugging pokies can harm your relationship and life
From the Chin:
Avoid poverty, don’t gamble.
If you really love your family, never try gambling
From the Karen:
Sit and think carefully! You are thinking wrongly if you think gambling is an easy way to get money, you can easily lose everything! When you regret gambling, make the right decision and walk away
From the Somali:
If you’ve made a mistake with gambling, switch to the right path.
Gambling is a hidden drug, it additive and won’t solve your problems
From the Ethiopians:
Gambling is like cancer, don’t hide your worries, get help quickly - the quicker you get help the better
Be brave enough to say NO to gambling
Support your family in seeking help with gambling from agencies supporting gamblers:
From other Community Leaders
Believe in change- seek help and you can recover from gambling
Many people just like you resolve their gambling problems through seeking help
Don’t hide your gambling problem… it is not your fault that gambling is addictive, and with help you can recover
Hey, do not go to casino, the gambling monster is waiting to prey on you
Gambling leads to crimes- it is dangerous
You can solve your financial or family problems- there are people out there who can help you, so ask for help.
Do not get sucked into online betting, you will never win!
Avoid spending a lot of money on lotto tickets, your kids will eat nothing tonight.
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