在1996年， 一群滿有愛心的專業心理輔導師及社工在看到賭博對維省廣大社區， 尤其是華人社區帶來的衝擊後, 成立了一個稱為 “賭博關懷行動組” 的社區服務小組。這群專業人士懷抱著一個共同的理念: 在社區中宣傳賭博對個人、家庭及社區帶來的潛在危害及預防具危害性的賭博行為， 并協助和鼓勵社區在察覺到問題賭博存在的時候積極向尋求專業的指導和援助。 在 2000年，行動組理事會決定將改組成立一個法人機構，將其命名為 “華人賭博關懷協會 (CGCI)”，即機構現有名稱。
The History of Chinese Gambling Concern Incorporated
In the year 1996, a group of enthusiastic and compassionate professional counsellors and social workers observed the adverse impact of gambling on the Victorian community and in particular, the Ethnic Chinese Community. These professionals decided to come together to form the social group “Chinese Gambling Concern Action Group”. The vision of this group was to raise the awareness in the community about the potential harm that gambling might have on the individuals, families as well as the community. Services such as early intervention for harmful gambling was provided to those in need. The group also helped and encouraged the community to seek professional advice and assistance once the incidence of harmful gambling was suspected or identified. In the year 2000, the committee of the “Chinese Gambling Concern Action Group” transformed the group into an incorporated association under the current name “Chinese Gambling Concern Inc. (CGCI)”.
CGCI is a non-profit organisation and the objective of CGCI is to educate and raise awareness about the potential risks and harms that are associated with and/or arising from gambling within the Chinese Community in Victoria, Australia. CGCI also strives to minimize gambling-related harms among the Chinese community and to provide support to those who are negatively affected by gambling, including gambling addicts and their family members and friends. The achievement of CGCI is widely recognised by both the community and the government, and in July 2014, CGCI has been funded by the Victorian Responsible Gabling Foundation (VRGF) to continuous in providing support to the Chinese Community.
- 援助熱線: 每周七天 ，上午9點至晚上9點，1800 881 663
CGCI design and organize public events, both regular such as Chinese New Year festival, and ad hoc such as Chinese Essay Writing Competition, Chocolate Making Fun Day, sporting activities, in order to educate and raise the awareness of the Chinese living in Victoria about the potential risks and harms that may be caused by gambling. CGCI also offer professional counselling service to the Chinese gamblers and affected others in a holistic way.
Our services include but not limited to:
- Helpline: 9am-9pm 7 days a week (1800 881 663)
- Counselling services in Mandarin and Cantonese
- Counselling for gamblers
- Counselling for family and friends who have been affected by gamblers’ gambling behaviours
- Free, confidential and holistic approach and service
- Community education on gambling-related issues
e.g. how will gambling do harm to you and your family?
e.g. how can you talk to your children about gambling?
- Education and raising awareness of risks and harms associated with gambling
- Assistance in participation in self-exclusion or pre-commitment scheme
- Referral to other community services when necessary