Former NRL player turned commentator Nathan Hindmarsh will be in Gloucester on Wednesday, May 17 to raise awareness for the warning signs of gambling addiction.
Nathan will be at Gloucester High School to discuss his own struggles with gambling and his successes in rugby league.
He will pay a visit to Taree TAFE campus afterwards.
Nathan will be available for signatures, photographs or to provide advice on how to combat gambling addiction.
The event has been organised by TAFE in conjunction with Samaritans Gambling Help and Mid North Coast Financial Counselling Service.
Samaritans Gambling Help counselor Steve Edman said the benefits of Nathan’s visit to Taree are endless.
“We were lucky we could invite him.
“I think it’s a responsible position he’s taken.
“He’s a role model for so many people,” Mr Edman said.
He is hopeful Nathan will be able to inspire problem gamblers to seek help.
“Sometimes life events don’t go according to plan so you have to ask for help,” Mr Edman said.
Mr Edman added the reaction to the visit is positive with all Group Three Rugby League teams in the region expected to show interest.
Nathan spent 14 seasons at the Parramatta Eels before his retirement in 2012.
He also represented NSW and Australia and received the Dally M second-rower of the year award on five occasions.
He is now a commentator and personality with Fox Sports.