We are pleased to invite you to the fifteenth, St. Gilgen International School, Inspiring People Evening on Thursday, 3rd October at 19h30.
‘StGIS Inspiring People = Inspiring people, inspiring people’
An education is not an education if it fails to prepare young people for the future. At St. Gilgen International School, we prepare our students for life, not only by teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic, but by helping them find their individual ‘path of excellence’. The path of excellence is a path that seeks growth; it is a path that interacts creatively and imaginatively with the world; it is a path that engages completely and courageously, yet responsibly and sustainably; it is a path that is ambitious and adventure seeking; it is a path of compassion, and of care for self, others and our world.
Patrick Foster is a former professional cricketer, insurance broker and independent school teacher whose life was torn to shreds by his pathological gambling addiction.Despite his idyllic upbringing and success as a youngster, Patrick's life become monopolised by gambling from his University days onwards as he found making the transition from playing sport and into the real world a huge challenge. His gambling addiction brought him to the verge of taking his own life in March 2018.
The mist has lifted and he has gained some insight into the nature of the condition that was keeping him so unsettled for such a long time and the impact it has had on his life and that of his family. A need has developed within him to share his journey with young people and their parents and who may be experiencing similar difficulties and is excited at the prospect of what lies ahead. He is grateful for the opportunity to fracture some of the isolation that comes all too often with gambling addiction and many others manifestations of addictions.The first step in change is acknowledging that there is a problem, and what that problem is. Issues around gambling and low-self-esteem are often so ingrained that we are not even consciously aware how they shape who we are and how we see ourselves. This is why he believes it is important to share his story and experience as this can provide the identification needed in order to change and inspiring people to have the courage and confidence to reach out for help.
Patrick now works for an organisation called EPIC Risk Management. EPIC is established as the leading independent gambling harm-minimisation consultancy in the UK and Ireland, specialising in the identification and prevention of problematic gambling in high risk sectors.
Since conception, EPIC has accrued high profile clients across a range of sectors including Premiership Rugby, Barclays, the Professional Cricketer's Association, Chelsea FC and Skybet. EPIC have also seen a rise in schools who are turning to us to be their trusted educators for their pupils (and staff) around this fast-growing and potentially most devastating issue.
Our inspiring evening will begin at 19h00 in the Kino St. Gilgen and conclude around 21h00. We expect high demand for this fantastic opportunity, so please book your seats early.