A beacon of gambling awareness and gambling support

As General Manager of the Responsible Gaming Foundation (RGF), it is my honor to share insights from our recently released 2022 Annual Report.

This year marks a significant step in our commitment to promote responsible gambling and reduce gambling-related harm in Malta.

The RGF continually works to raise awareness of the risks associated with gambling. Our crucial Take Action campaign, partly funded by the European Social Fund, has been a cornerstone in raising community awareness. The campaign, which featured well-known personalities, had a significant impact on local awareness and made RGF a beacon of support for those in need.

Our collaboration with Sedqa continues to be a testament to our commitment to educational and support services. Through initiatives like the Teen Outside the Box program, we have reached out to students to promote responsible gaming and provide critical support for addiction issues.

The RGF’s 1777 support line and online chat services have been significantly improved. These platforms are an essential part of providing immediate support and, for many people, the first step to recovery.

Despite our successes, the continued growth of the gaming industry presents ongoing challenges

The proliferation of online gambling has increased the need for responsible gambling practices. The RGF is at the forefront, working with industry leaders and policymakers to develop innovative solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of gambling.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote responsible gambling practices and support individuals affected by the harms of gambling. We have made significant progress in creating an environment that promotes safe gambling while providing resources for those struggling with gambling addiction.

The 2022 Annual Report of the Responsible Gaming Foundation.The 2022 Annual Report of the Responsible Gaming Foundation.

In 2022, we have continued to expand our reach, ensuring our message of responsible gambling and available support reaches every corner of Malta.

Our visible presence in the media and our collaboration with key stakeholders all contribute to a society that is more aware and better equipped to address the challenges of problem gambling.

Despite our successes, the continued growth of the gaming industry presents ongoing challenges. The RGF addresses these issues by promoting responsible gaming practices and improving our support and other services.

Going forward, we plan to revise our education campaigns to more effectively reach primary and secondary students and their parents.

A comprehensive approach is needed to combat gambling and virtual gaming addiction and the RGF is committed to being at the forefront of this approach.

Our goal is also to strengthen our support structure and provide holistic care for problem gamblers, problem gamblers and their families.

My deepest thanks go to our dedicated employees, whose commitment and hard work have been the backbone of our successes. Our success is a joint effort, a synergy of commitment, expertise and compassion.

In the future, we will remain true to our core goals: raising awareness, education, support and support for alternative activities to gambling. The challenges ahead are great, but with the continued help of all stakeholders and partners, we are confident in our ability to achieve lasting impact.

The journey of 2022 was one of growth, learning and impactful change. As we reflect on the year’s achievements, we remember the importance of our mission.

The Responsible Gaming Foundation is tirelessly committed to promoting a safer gaming environment in Malta and acts as a source of encouragement and hope for those who have suffered harm as a result of gambling.

The 2022 annual report can be downloaded from the RGF website www.rgf.org.mt.

Kevin O’Neill is General Manager of the Responsible Gaming Foundation.

kevin.oneill.1@rgf.org.mt

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