Connecting through cartoons

Engaging with the community on important issues is critical, especially when trying to raise awareness of a subject often shrouded in taboo.

This year, in an effort to increase awareness of gambling harm, Gambler’s Help Southern teamed up with cartoonist 'Ditchy' to help bring attention to the very real issue of gambling in our community, through a lens of humour, shrouded in irony.

Ditchy is a Victorian cartoonist, connected to the feelings within his community. 

His cartoons on gambling that we shared this year included: 

Our children are exposed to unprecedented levels of gambling advertising across all media platforms at all hours of the day.  This is designed to normalise gambling and increase youth uptake.
  
Many families experience significant financial harm from gambling while gambling establishments reap in record profits.     
This cartoon reflects the cruel irony that many people struggle with the temptation of the pokies. It plays on both our requirement to social-distance during the pandemic and the fact that gambling establishments seek to make pokies more alluring through the use of velvet ropes and lights etc.

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