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Sowing seeds for better health at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days

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On March 7, 8 and 9 Gambler’s Help joined forces with other community health organisations at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days with the goal of ‘sowing seeds for better health.’

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the festival, the snake pit, the tractors, the farming services and vendors was the Moore Exhibition Centre.  Organised by the local Primary Care Partnership the centre hosted a collection of agencies working together to inform and assist the local community.  Gambler’s Help was present to provide information on services and give people the message that they are not alone. Gambling harm can affect anyone from the city to the country and services are available across the region.

An agency competition was run asking people to answer the question “do you have a greater chance of winning top prize on the pokies or getting struck by lightning?” (Answer is people have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning than winning top prize on the pokies according to the Victorian Responsible Gambling foundation.)

It was a busy three days which included a demo of the ways to get help online.

Gambler’s Help offers a number of free services through the region:

  • To access Counselling contact Grampians Community Health on 03 5358 7400
  • For Financial Counselling call CAFS on  03 5337 3333
  • Community Education offers a school and sports program – contact Tony on tony.goodfellow@cafs.org.au or  03 5337 3333
  • For 24 hour support call the Gamblers Helpline on 1800 858 858.

 

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