Tens of thousands expected to stand together against racism on Wear Red Day
- Thursday 17 October 2019
Tens of thousands of people in schools and businesses across the UK are expected to make a stand against racism tomorrow (Friday 18 October) by taking part in Wear Red Day.
Wear Red Day is the national day of action for the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card. The charity is calling on people to wear something red on the day and raise funds to support their anti-racism education work with young people and adults in the UK.
Seven hundred schools across England have signed up to support Wear Red Day, along with trade unions and 175 businesses, including Heathrow Airport, Barclays and selected Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores across the country.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Wear Red Day is all about standing together against racism and sending a very visual message that racism will not be tolerated. As well as wearing something red, we’re asking people to donate £1 and this will help us deliver anti-racism education to more young people across the country. Anyone can join in – simply wear something red on 18 October and donate £1 to help us tackle racism in society.”
This is the fifth year Wear Red Day has taken place and the event has grown in popularity each year. Hundreds of businesses, schools, local authorities, community groups and teams have signed up to take part this year and the charity hopes to raise £100,000.
Ged continued: “We’re delighted to see so many people pledging to stand together against racism. The support for this day is growing every year and that’s very encouraging but we know it’s still so important that we continue to challenge racism and educate people about the impact it has. Every pound raised on Wear Red Day will help us reach more young people and adults with our anti-racism education.”
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “As we saw only too starkly this week, there is still so much to do to get racism off our terraces and out of our communities.
“Wear Red Day is a day for true fans of football to stand together, to put the solidarity among players and supporters on display, and to remind the bigoted few that hate has no place in our game.
“Let’s wear our red with pride and use it to inspire the fight against prejudice that we continue to wage every day with determination.”
You can support Wear Red Day by wearing something red and donating £1, simply text ‘RED’ to 70470 – the text will cost £1 plus your standard rate message. The charity is encouraging everyone taking part this year to share their support by posting a photograph on social media and using the hashtag #WRD19.
Find out more about Wear Red Day at www.theredcard.org/wear-red-day
Notes to Editors
For more information about Show Racism the Red Card please contact Janice Riddell at Janice@theredcard.org or call 0191 257 8519.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC)
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity. Founded in 1996, it uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The charity works with schools, football clubs, trade unions and companies to deliver unique anti-racism education to children, young people and adults. Each year Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 people across England, Wales and Scotland.
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