The Victorian Racing Industry (VRI) is joining forces this week to spread the message about maintaining a balanced approached to gambling in support of the ninth Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) which commences today.
An annual Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation initiative, the week runs from May 26 – June 1, 2014, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of setting appropriate limits when gambling.
In 2014, the week focuses on the ‘changing face of gambling’ and puts a spotlight on the increasing availability and accessibility of gambling and its impact on the workplace.
The three codes of racing in Victoria, Racing Victoria (RV), Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), will again unite to show their support for the week and help educate the community.
The VRI will be promoting RGAW key messages about responsible gambling and strategies to ‘stay in control’ throughout the week at all thoroughbred, greyhound and harness meetings in Victoria.
Responsible gambling messages will be conveyed via racebooks, big screen advertisements, on posters and other materials around racecourses, as well as on industry websites.
RV Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Saundry, said the thoroughbred racing industry had supported Responsible Gambling Awareness Week since 2007 and was pleased to continue the association.
“Going to the races and placing a bet, or engaging with the sport off-course via an online medium, is an enjoyable pastime for many Australians. While we encourage people to continue to partake in this wonderful tradition, it’s important they do so in a responsible manner to ensure their enjoyment,” Saundry said.
GRV Chief Executive, Adam Wallish, said that while betting on greyhound racing is a great form of entertainment, it is important that people do so in moderation.
“GRV is pleased to once again support Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Together with the thoroughbred and harness codes we have implemented a number of initiatives to deliver the important message of responsible gambling to the industry throughout the week,” Wallish said.
HRV Chief Executive Officer, John Anderson, said it was important for the racing industry to acknowledge the potential for harmful gambling practices and encourage racing fans to bet responsibly.
“Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is a positive initiative by the Victorian State Government and Harness Racing Victoria encourages racing enthusiasts to wager in such a manner that ensures the experience remains enjoyable,” Anderson said.
A major focus of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is local and community events. A full listing of events and further information about the week is available at www.rgaw.com.au