NRL Legend Nathan Hindmarsh will open up about his personal battle with gambling addiction to audiences in Tweed Heads and Casino next week.
The workshops are presented by Warruwi Gambling Help and Nathan’s appearance is part of his role as ClubSafe ambassador.
ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said Nathan’s involvement in the program was integral to educating the community.
‘Nathan has an important story to share and he is dedicated to making a difference in communities all over NSW,’ he said.
‘With his openness and honesty, Nathan plays a crucial role in encouraging those in our community who need help, and we are grateful for his passion and commitment,’ Mr Ball added.
After lunch on Tuesday, Hindmarsh will run a training and signing session with local kids in Casino.
In a bid to educate locals, the workshops facilitate discussion on community awareness and concepts such as the common signs of problem gambling.
Warruwi Gambling Help CEO Jenni Beetson-Mortimer said the workshop will help the communities to develop their own local action plan around problem gambling.
‘We want people to understand how gambling affects them, ways to improve their conditions and support links,’ she said.
‘Our workshops include financial counselling, strategies to break the gambling cycle and suggestions to replace addictions, including positive interests and activities like sport and exercise.’
The Casino Workshop will be held on Tuesday 22 September at Colley Park, 11.30am to 1pm. The Tweed Heads Workshop will be held on Wednesday 23 September at South Tweed Sports Club, 11.30am to 1pm.
Funded by the NSW Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund, Warruwi Gambling Help is a three-year program aimed at helping NSW Aboriginal communities address the social and cultural issues caused by problem gambling.