Ka-Ching! Free Movie Night and Supper
The movie will provide an understanding of the multi layered mechanisms that provide the platform for addiction.
Ken is all too familiar with prisons. He spent 18 years in the police force before succumbing to the self-inflicted prison of a gambling addiction and ultimately was arrested and jailed for illegally sourcing money. Today, Ken is a counsellor, a powerful speaker, and an advocate for ‘responsibility, accountability and honesty’.
Despite being an excellent junior sportsman, good enough to play in the big lead, Ken began gambling at age 16 and all his sporting career prospects floundered. Hooked by his mid-20s, Ken gambled for over four decades while keeping his addiction secret from his wife and the outside world. His lies and deceit were compounded by his controlling behaviour and Ken soon became isolated and reclusive. Despite this, Ken maintained a career in the police force and subsequently in local government managing million-dollar budgets. From the outside, Ken looked like your average, stable, middle-aged man but his dream of buying an island in the Pacific was motivation to continue betting and he was willing to borrow and steal to feed his addiction. Looking back, Ken knows that was the tipping point and the start of his downward spiral.
When Ken tells his story he talks about sitting across from detectives and facing his demons, he talks about life in prison and his contemplating suicide, he is brutally honest and speaks from the heart. Ken’s tough love approach is known to make audiences laugh and cry but more importantly are the tools and principles he talks about for the journey to recovery.
Ken is a well-versed speaker and has presented to Probus clubs, judicial groups, media, council hearings, ect. He is relatable to many an audience because he is a self-confessed ‘average bloke’, who likes football, loves his family and dotes on his grandchildren.
This activity is part of the CHAOS Together We Do Better – Reducing Gambling Related Harm Project, which is supported by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Prevention Partnership Program.