David Schwarz, Responsible Gambling Awareness Week ambassador speaks at a forum held in May 2011

David Schwarz, Responsible Gambling Awareness Week ambassador speaks at a forum held in May 2011


Its my pleasure to be here
this morning for responsible gambling awareness week it’s my third year of
My involvement
and each year that goes past is
a more therapeutic for myself
six years and twenty days since i
gave up gambling which was may the third 2005
Thankyou….not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the punt
And what it did to myself. I often say if I was still gambling I’d be dead or in jail
I was on a path of destruction
and it took a wonderful person in my life, which is my wife
to help me
See the light and which ways I could rehabilitate
cerebral insights
and
i think the fear for people giving up gambling
when giving up gambling is the fear that people won’t accept them for who they are
people one accept them further than what
they’ve done
but we are very forgiving race and it
isn’t until you try and you
start that path that you realized that there are good people out there
Who are willing to help
and for myself I got a second opportunity in life
where I blew all my opportunities
whilst playing football but
after football thing started to become a
lot clearer
And opportunities opened up in the media
opportunities opened up with my family and
friends and opportunities open up in
general life that gave me a second chance
and I can assure you
i’m not going to blow it
in conjunction with local government and
state government
uh… and industry
With a common goal is to make people understand
the warning signs of associated with problem
gambling
weeks such as this are vital
in determining
those very few people that are
suffering
from problem gambling and maybe
Finding awareness that uh… to
that specific goal
through wonderful generosity from a
lot of people through
a lot of work in a lot of hard work done
in a lot of research being conducted
with slowly starting to
find ways and understanding into
problem gambling and
the problem gambling numbers are dropping and
that’s a great sign
and the problem is too that we have
very
Ever changing environment
you know when i was gambling the changes
that have seen from where i’m now
To where I was
there was no internet gambling when I was punting
only six years ago
There was very limited sports betting
it was there’s so much change in the last six years
is
and in the next six years there will be enormous change
once again
so
We have to keep on top of this
and through as I said State government
local governments
and industry
Are fighting to do that

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