Earlier this month, the Foundation launched our research agenda 2018–2022, which prioritises five themes to inform our work: monitoring and surveillance, harm, gambling products, gambling environments, recovery and support. During the event, held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, announced a new funding opportunity – $300,000 in grants for early career researchers to explore issues relating to lived experience, gambling harm in LGBTIQ and regional communities, eSports and fantasy sports.
With World Cup soccer fever taking hold and the ability to gamble sitting in most peoples' hands – via smartphone – June was an ideal time for the Foundation to release the 100 Day Challenge (100DC). The 100DC, available online and through a free app, is designed to support people who want to change their relationship with gambling. Participants can set goals, discover new activities and participate in an online community of fellow users and moderators. They can also access tips and advice for managing finances and building a support team, and information about how to access professional support, if needed.
Through our Prevention Partnership Program, the Foundation proudly sponsored this year’s Reclink Community Cup attended last weekend by more than 12 thousand spectators. The day was a great success, and Foundation staff hosting a stall dedicated to our Love The Game sporting club program, which encourages people to enjoy sport without gambling. We congratulate Reclink, whose footy event is a terrific example of this in action.
The Foundation is poised to spread our #LoveTheGame message more broadly with our AFL Love The Game Round on Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 July. All 10 Victorian-based AFL clubs are Love the Game partners and they, along with about 300 community clubs, will use the round to encourage parents and other influential adults to talk to the kids in their life about the risks and harms associated with gambling, and to remind them that sport and betting don’t have to go together. Stay tuned for more details, with a number of promotional videos plus social media content set to hit our channels in the coming weeks.
Rounding out the month was a Refugee Week event hosted by the Horn of Africa Communities Network (HACN) in Hoppers Crossing to launch a suite of new video resources. Funded by the Foundation, the videos will be used to prevent gambling-related harm in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. As noted by Minister Kairouz at the HACN event, 'Language shouldn’t be a barrier to seeking help. Gambler’s Help services provide free translator services and in the past year help has been provided in 43 languages other than English'.
Finally, the Foundation's forthcoming biennial conference program is now available. The Gambling harm: Taking action for change conference will be held in the regional city of Geelong from 13 to 15 August.
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