For 20 years Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) has been educating young people about racism in schools and with the help of role-models, including professional footballers, at special events at football clubs and through educational films.
On Friday 21st October, Show Racism the Red Card is encouraging individuals, schools and organisations to show their support and raise funds for the campaign by taking part in Wear Red Day 2016.
On Thursday 20thLuddenden CE School took part in Wear Red Day due to other commitments on the Friday. FC Halifax Town playersIsaac Baldwin,Ross BarrowsandShiraz Khanvisited the school to meet the young people who were showing their support for Show Racism the Red Card by wearing red clothing. The FC Halifax Town players chatted with the young people before taking pictures and signing autographs
Lisa Hoyle, Headteacher of Luddenden CE School, said
“Luddenden CE School is very proud to support ‘Show Racism the Red Card’. The principles of the campaign support our school’s inclusive ethos. Our ‘Dress in Red’ day shows out commitment to promoting tolerance and celebrating difference every day.”
Ben Holman,Campaign Worker for SRtRC, said
“It’s brilliant to see that schools such as Luddenden CE School taking part in Wear Red Day 2016 and showing their stance against racism and all forms of discrimination. Wear Red Day also falls in Black History Month and we encourage schools to take this opportunity to do further work in the classroom about racism and why Black History Month is so important.”
Mike Sharman, Club Secretary FCHT, said
“FC Halifax Town is an inclusive club and we fully support the work that Show Racism the Red Card delivers to young people about the dangers of racism.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, SRtRC, said
“We have been inundated with offers of support for Wear Red Day 2016. I think that the worrying rise in racism* following the EU referendum has provoked a reaction from people who are against racism and want to show their support, particularly for our education work with young people.
“People throughout the UK will be wearing red on Friday and donating to make a difference and we thank everyone, young people, schools and organisations for their support.”
The Wear Red Day initiative has gained support from current and former professional footballers throughout the UK, with the likes of Thierry Henry, Rachel Yankey OBE, Yoan Gouffran, Callum Chambers, Izzy Christiensen & Lucy Bronze, being joined by SRtRC patrons John Barnes, Chris Kamara, Bryan Robson & Chris Hughton giving the campaign their backing and encouraging others to get involved and raise funds to support the delivery of anti-racism education.
Wear Red Day 2016 has also received support from the following football clubs: Manchester United FC, Manchester City Women FC, Middlesbrough FC, Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Everton FC, Doncaster Belles FC, Plymouth Argyle FC, FC Halifax Town, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Huddersfield Town FC, Reading FC & Derby County FC
Wear Red Day 2016 is being supported nationwide and two councils in the North East are very visibly showing their support.
In Stockton-on-Tees, the lights around some of the borough’s most prominent landmarks will be turned red in support of #WRD16.
And in Gateshead and Newcastle the famous Millennium bridge will be turned RED, to mark the support of Gateshead Council.
For every £5 raised, SRtRC can educate a young person for a whole school day. Show your support – Wear red and stand against racism this Friday.
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