FORMER NRL star Nathan Hindmarsh will be in Glen Innes on Wednesday, November 9 to talk about responsible gambling and to raise money for the heart foundation.
Aboriginal Project worker for Warruwi Responsible Gambling Harry Beckers said Hindmarsh was more than happy to talk about his former gambling problem.
“The Warruwi Program is funded through the NSW Department of Gaming, Racing and Justice to work in Aboriginal Communities and raise awareness around responsible gambling,” he said.
“We have a funded counselling service for gamblers and families who need support with problem gambling.
“We are working in partnership with Clubs NSW to bring Nathan Hindmarsh to regional and country areas to share his story about how he managed to overcome problem gambling in his career.
“He has an important story to tell and we are pleased he is telling it in rural areas.”
Hindmarsh will be visiting Glen Innes High School and the Aboriginal community on November 9 to share his message and will also emcee a trivia night at the Services Club.
Mr Hindmarsh will aim to take some students from the High School to King George oval after his lecture to play a game of football.
Local heart foundation fundraiser Jane Roe said Mr Hindmarsh’s visit will also double as a fundraiser for the foundation.
“I started fundraising for the heart foundation in 2011 as this is something very close to my heart and so far I have raised roughly $14,227 because I believe heart disease is the number one killer in Australia,” she said.
“Harry and I got talking and the conversation led to sport and I explaining how I would like to get someone to come out to Glen Innes to speak about health, well-being, alcohol and drug addictions.
“Harry said he could get Nathan Hindmarsh to come up and fill that position and so he will be the emcee for the trivia night and we will raise some money for a good cause.”
The trivia night at the Services Club is $10 per person and proceeds will be donated to the heart foundation.