MP for South Shields and Shadow Foreign Secretary was in his constituency supporting Show Racism the Red Card
MP for South Shields and Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, was in his constituency today supporting local anti-racism chairty, Show Racism the Red Card.
The charity was founded in Whitley Bay 14 years ago, is currently bidding to celebrate its 15th year by becoming the 2011 Football Association Charity of the Year. Mr. Miliband has joined a long list of politicians and sporting personalities who have backed Show Racism the Red Card's bid to attain the coveted accolade. North East MPs Stephen Hepburn, Chi Onwurah, Ian Mearns, Dave Anderson and Ian Lavery have already pledged their support alongside Niall Quinn, Chris Hughton and former England Manager, Graham Taylor.
The charity's Education Manager in the North East, Craig Bankhead, said "We are delighted to receive Mr. Miliband's support and we hope that this will help us achieve the status of FA Charity of the Year in 2011."
The MP was also recording a video message to be played at Show Racism the Red Card's Annual Review Presentation which takes place at The Customs House in South Shields on Friday 10 September. The event is an opportunity for the charity to raise awareness of the campaign's work in the region and the impact it has on tackling racism in society. Mr Miliband said "We are delighted to support Show Racism the Red Card who have been working in South Tyneside since 2005. I know that in the last year 1,700 pupils across the borough have benefited from receiving education about combating racism."
Craig Bankhead added "The main focus of our work in the North East is educating young people in schools through our programme of anti-racism workshops and fun football fitness sessions with ex-professional football players. We work with 9 of the region's 12 local authorities in delivering free workshops in their schools and we have recently worked with our 50,000th school pupil in the area. We are, of course, very keen to highlight this and other achievements at our Annual Review Presentation."
You can watch a video of David Miliband MP pledging his support to the bid on our YouTube site.
This story also featured in today's Evening Chronicle.
For more information, contact Craig Bankhead on 0191 257 8519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org