WEAR RED DAY: Delegates at the TUC Congress at Manchester hold up cards to show in support of a day of action against racism
ANTI-RACISM charity Show Racism the Red Card will hold a national day of action on Friday October 19.
The organisation is calling on people across the country to wear red and donate a minimum of £1 as part of Wear Red Day.
Steve Goodsell, southern region manager at Show Racism the Red Card, said: “During 2017/18 over 50,000 people have taken part in a Show Racism the Red Card educational workshop. Our work with young people during the past 12 months has taken us far and wide, including the Falkland Islands.
“We need to help many more people understand issues around racism and discrimination, playing a vital role in making our communities safer.”
The anti-racism educational charity has recently made it to the final of FIFA’s Diversity Award 2018.
The FIFA Diversity Award aims to recognise the work of a group, organisation or individual that is promoting diversity and fighting discrimination in football.
The winner of this year’s award will be announced at a ceremony in London on Sunday September 23.
Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Show Racism the Red Card are honoured to have been shortlisted for the FIFA Diversity Award 2018. Using the power of football and professional footballers to combat racism in society has been our key mission statement since 1996 and it is fantastic to be recognised for this work on the World stage.
At a time when racism is on the rise throughout the world, we need more anti-racism initiatives and support. This nomination can only help us increase our profile and help get the anti-racism message to an even wider audience. We wish all the other shortlisted projects all the best and look forward to the ceremony.”
A number of the clubs that Show Racism the Red Card has worked with over the years have voiced their support of the work the charity does.
In a statement Newcastle United FC said: “We would like to congratulate Show Racism the Red Card on being shortlisted for such a prestigious award. We are immensely proud to support and work alongside the charity’s outstanding team in the community, helping to project a clear message that football is for everyone. Show Racism the Red Card would be worthy recipients of the FIFA Diversity Award 2018 and we would like to wish the team all the very best in the running for the final award.”
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