Driven to rap about gambling

Last updated 13:00 23/07/2012

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Nelson people who write a rap, song, story or poem will have the chance to be mentored by successful New Zealand artists.

Rapper Scribe, artist Ladi6, writer Oscar Kightley and poet Hinemoana Baker are supporting this year's Scribe With Us competition where entrants write about the harm caused by gambling.

Scribe and Ladi6 will run a recording workshop to coach the song and rap finalists and all entries will then be judged by the public through online voting.

Scribe, who started the competition for the Choice Not Chance campaign, is using his own story about losing money and relationships from playing the pokies.

“Harmful gambling can become a horrible addiction, which I have experienced first-hand. I don't want other people to make the same mistakes I did, which is why this competition means so much to me,” he said.

Friends of Scribe are supporting the cause. Winners in each category of the competition will be announced in early September.

The Choice not Chance roadshow will visit Nelson on August 25 as part of the campaign.

Campaign manager Hannah Booth said gambling was meant to be fun and social. However, it was destructive for some people.

“Some people can spend $20 a week without causing any harm while their neighbours may struggle to put food on the table if they gamble that amount a week.

“We all need to reach out and support our friends and family. There is amazing free and confidential information and support available for people worried about their own or someone else's gambling."

Visit choicenotchance.org.nz or call 0800 654 655.

For information about the competition visit: scribewithus.org.nz

To download images: hsc.org.nz/node/279

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- The Nelson Mail

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