Responsible Online Gambling Promoted by The Isle of Man

Published Friday, November 04, 2011 -

The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission has made a valuable contribution to The GREaT Foundation, and the foundation has gratefully replied.

The Chief Executive Officer of The GREaT Foundation, Marc Etches, said, "Gambling is a form of entertainment that engenders for the vast majority of people fun, excitement and exhilaration without causing any harm. However, for a few - less than one per cent of adults in Britain - gambling excessively beyond their personal financial boundaries causes harm to themselves and their dependents. The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission recognizes this fact and we are extremely grateful for the support it gives to our charity."
The GREaT Foundation is helping to support socially responsible gambling research, education and treatment for those with gambling issues. In June 2009, the government of that time announced that the system of voluntary funding of research, education and treatment of problem gambling would remain in place on the condition that a minimum of £5m is raised for each of the following three years. The GREaT Foundation has confirmed that it met the 2009/10 target of £5m and broke the £5m threshold for 2010/11. Good news for those requiring support services.

Clive Hawkswood, the Remote Gambling Association,Chief Executive Officer also commented on the contribution by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, "Unfortunately, there is sometimes still the perception that the online gambling sector does not support the important work that The GREaT Foundation undertakes. The truth is that it contributes well in excess of 20 per cent of the GREaT Foundation's funding and this generous donation from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission is further evidence of that ongoing commitment."  As with all activities that people derive pleasure from, online gambling is something that all players should keep a proper handle on. Should there be incidents of over indulgence it is good to know there is help out there that is confidential and easy to access. 



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