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Responsible gambling week in Richmond dispels myths and raises awareness

17/02/2014

BCLC is partnering with the City of Richmond and the B.C. Responsible and Problem Gambling Program to bring the community its first Responsible Gambling and Awareness Week. Activities and events throughout Richmond will focus on raising awareness about responsible gambling practices, February 16 - 22, 2014.

“We have taken an important step forward by welcoming this event into the community,” said Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat. “This is a chance for everyone to get involved, learn about resources available to them, and understand what it means to gamble responsibly.”
This is the first year that Richmond will host a Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Six other communities are also taking part this year, including Prince George, Greater Victoria, Langley, Kamloops and Vernon.

“This partnership with the City of Richmond has been invaluable in bringing this week-long engagement to the community,” said BCLC Interim President and CEO, Jim Lightbody. “It’s these kinds of initiatives that generate open and honest discussions about gambling and how people can make healthy choices.”

At various venues across the community, BCLC and the Province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch will have trained local volunteers who will aim to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices through engaging discussions at myth-busting kiosks. Kiosks will have information available in multiple languages and volunteers who speak a variety of languages.
The City of Richmond, Richmond Problem Gambling Steering Committee and the Richmond Chinese Community Society have all been instrumental in coordinating and delivering the week’s events.

“We are pleased with the opportunity to bring this important initiative to our community,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “I would like to thank all the volunteers who worked hard to make this week’s events a success. This is all about being healthy and mindful citizens while enjoying the entertainment of gambling.”

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week was created to educate communities about responsible play and raise awareness of the problem gambling support services available in the community.
For more information and a list of the week’s activities, visit www.bclc.com/responsiblegambling/ or follow the week’s events on Facebook.

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