Unite, the UK’s largest union, is welcoming Show Racism the Red Card to the union’s headquarters on Wednesday 5 September to launch Wear Red Day 2018, which will be attended by former and current footballers.

The launch event will take place at 17:00 at Unite’s headquarters in London. In attendance will be former Arsenal footballers Perry Groves and Paul Davis, former Chelsea player Paul Elliot, Jason Lee previously of Watford, Paul Mortimer previously of Charlton and Anwar Uddin who played for West Ham. Also in attendance will be Riva Casley and Michelle Young who both currently play for Millwall Lionesses.

The launch event will help build support for Wear Red Day 2018 on Friday 19 October 2018. The event is aimed at getting people to show their opposition to racism by wearing something red to work and donating £1 to charity.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Racism remains all too prevalent in society and it is essential those attitudes are challenged in the workplace and beyond.

“Unite is delighted to support the launch of Wear Red Day, which allows people throughout society to demonstrate their opposition to racism.

“The work that Show Racism the Red card undertakes where they go directly into schools and use education to challenge racist views at an early age is unique and absolutely exemplary.”

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Notes to editors:

Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC)  - The launch of Wear Red Day 2018 will run from 17:00 –18:30 at Unite the Union HQ, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8TN.

All guests will be available for photo opportunities but interviews will be managed at each individual’s discretion. Representatives from Show Racism the Red Card will be available for comment during the event. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity, founded in 1996, which uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The campaign's primary output is the education given to young people and adults in their schools, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums around Britain. 

Show Racism the Red Card works comprehensively across Great Britain and each season, SRtRC visits clubs in all four divisions in England to host educational events with local school pupils and professional footballers, ex-professionals, managers, coaches and high-profile members of the community. More information on the work of SRtRC

Wear Red Day is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses & individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland & Wales. For just £5, SRtRC can educate one child for a whole day.  More information about Wear Red Day 2018 on Friday 19 October