Show Racism the Red Card will be launching its 5th Wear Red Day event with major sport, social and political backing

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Len McCluskey general secretary of Unite the union, Laura Pidcock MP, Paul Elliot CBE, Rachel Yankee OBE, Jamal Blackman (Chelsea FC), Alex McLeish (former Scotland international manager), Alain Goma (former French international) to name but a few will be in attendance at Unite the union offices, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, London at 17:00 on Tuesday 3 September to show their support for the increasingly essential anti-racism work carried out daily by the charity.

Show Racism the Red Card educate 50,000 young people every year with vital anti-racism workshops designed to challenge racism and prejudice at grassroots level. The impact is tangible and the feedback is incredible.

Wear Red Day takes place on Friday 18 October in England and Wales and on Friday 4 October in Scotland. It is a national day of anti-racism awareness that everybody should be involved with. Schools, businesses, universities and individuals all across the UK will be taking part to show their solidarity with the cause and to raise funds to maintain its indispensable work.

Media wishing to attend the launch event on Tuesday 3 September should email Alex Flynn.

Leader of the opposition and long term supporter of the campaign, Jeremy Corbyn, said of Wear Red Day: “When we’re united we achieve things. Racism is designed to divide. It will never succeed because we, all of us together will never let it succeed. Wear Red on the 18 October to Show Racism the Red Card.”

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite is a proud supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and the important work it does in schools and communities across the country. Racism has no place on our football terraces, our streets or in our communities. I urge everyone to support the essential work that Show Racism the Red Card does in challenging racism and prejudice by wearing red on Wear Red Day on Friday 18 October.”

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Racism should have no place in our city or our society and absolutely no place in sport.

“At a time when racist abuse against some of our most talented footballers is increasing, Show Racism the Red Card’s work to tackle prejudice and use football as a uniting force is more important than ever.”

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For more information contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869