Responsible gambling week raises awareness in Prince George21/02/2014
BCLC, the United Way of Northern B.C., Treasure Cove Casino and the Province of British Columbia have partnered for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. The week engages the whole community in activities designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices, February 23 – March 1, 2014.
"Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an opportunity to provide information about the support services available to those people who may need assistance,” said Prince George MLA Shirley Bond. “It is critical that there be dialogue about responsible gambling practices. Thank you to the partners who have worked together to organize the week's events in Prince George."
Prince George is one of six communities hosting Responsible Gambling Awareness. The others are Kamloops, Greater Victoria, Langley, Richmond and Vernon.
“This week reflects BCLC’s commitment to promoting responsible gambling practices and to have open, honest dialogue with the residents of Prince George,” said BCLC Interim President and CEO, Jim Lightbody. “We believe strongly in supporting our players so they can make healthy choices about gambling. This awareness week is one of the ways we can do that.”
The United Way of Northern B.C is helping to coordinate and deliver the week’s events, and is playing an important role in making this week a success.
BCLC and the Province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch trained local volunteers who will staff a myth-busting kiosk at various venues throughout the week including the College of New Caledonia Health Fair and the Prince George Cougars game. A trivia game will also be set-up at Westwood pub which will teach responsible gambling awareness and practices.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to learn about healthy choices when it comes to gambling,” said Prince George Mayor Shari Green. “By promoting engaging discussions, Prince George residents are enabled with the right tools to better understand gambling myths, as well as the support services that are available.”
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.