10th October 2018
Gambling Harm Awareness Week was held 8–14 October 2018 in Victoria and on the information event was held on the 10th October at MCH where representatives set up a information booth from 10am to 2pm.
The week is designed to encourage community discussions about why gambling harm matters. Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money. Gambling can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life. It can harm not only the person who gambles but also family, friends, workplaces and communities.
Anyone who gambles – or knows someone who gambles – may be at risk of gambling harm. Harm from gambling starts earlier and occurs more frequently than people may think. The Foundation's Hidden Harm paper (2017) shows that 85 percent of harm from gambling is among low- and moderate-risk gamblers.
Gambling harm is also often hidden and the impact is not spoken about because it can be sensitive or uncomfortable.
On the 6th of August 2018 Michael Sukkar MP, Federal Member of Deakin, recognised the outstanding work of some of our communities most dedicated, hardworking and respected individuals, by awarding the 2018 Deakin Community Awards to those individuals that have selflessly given their time and efforts to make our community a better place to live.
Amongst these selfless individuals are
Helene Boucher, who has been on the MCH Committee for the past 17 years
Robert Williams , The Treasurer for MCH committee &
Justin Wilson who is a volunteer at MCH
Mitcham Community Laughter Group, meeting at MCH on Saturdays for 14 years
Congratulations, Thank you and well done Helene! Robert! And Justin!
Thank you to Mitcham Community Laughter Group.
All have been selfless in their contribution to our Community House and the community, and are to be admired.
Last Tuesday, our MCH manager Anne along with some of our MCH participants were stoked to finally unveil our brand NEW bike racks!
This new addition to the house will give cyclists riding along the Mitcham-Heatherdale trail the opportunity to safely secure their bikes.
Our thanks go to the great people over at the City Council of Whitehorse. We hope you enjoy this new addition, so grab your helmet and lycra and head on down to MCH!