Rapper Scribe delivers his anti-gambling message in the
Glenroy Auditorium yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Life was not worth gambling on, rapper Scribe told the
next generation of artists in Dunedin yesterday.
The Wellington hip-hop artist headlined the ''Choice Not
Chance Local Legends'' concert in the Glenroy Auditorium
yesterday, to celebrate the creativity of young people and
raise awareness of gambling harm.
The 34-year-old, whose real name is Malo Luafutu, estimated a
pokie gambling addiction had cost him $100,000 and said he
wanted to help others avoid making the same mistakes he had.
The singer hit rock bottom in 2011, when a Christchurch pawn
broker put four of his record awards up for auction to recoup
debt from the musician. Scribe said he started playing pokies
when he was just 14 and later struggled with alcohol, drug
and gambling issues after the release of his second album,
Rhyme Book, in 2007.
The event was hosted by Dunedin MC Beau Jeffries and featured
music, poetry and dance acts by young local artists.
While gambling was meant to be a fun activity, it could
''quickly get out of hand and destroy individuals, families
and communities'', Salvation Army Oasis Centre counsellor
Chris Watkins said.
Anyone concerned about a gambling issue can contact the
Salvation Army Oasis Centre on (03) 456-0307 or Gambling
Helpline on 0800-654-65.