UNISON hosted an event to celebrate Show Racism the Red Card's Anniversary
I was at your 15th anniversary bash last night. I had to leave straight after the speeches so I didn’t get the opportunity to speak to you and congratulate you on the amazing progress that has been made since I was involved on behalf of GMB in the early days.
It’s good to see ex-Hammers like Leroy involved as well. He certainly belies the 'thick footballer' stereotype, as did Shaka Hislop. Anyway, may your campaign go from strength to strength. Here’s wishing you all the best for the next 15 years.
Bert Schouwenburg, International Officer, GMB Trade Union.
Pictured: Snow Patrol receive a Hall of Fame award presented by Ken Loach and Atta Yaqub
UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis kindly hosted a celebratory event at the Union's brand new headquarters in London.
The event celebrated the fantastic partnerships that we enjoy with Trade Unions and Football Clubs. Both are key to the success of our work and without support from either group we would not be celebrating this milestone.
Since 1996, Show Racism the Red Card has been delivering anti-racism education using the high profile of professional footballers. The campaign was kick-started by Shaka Hislop, then Newcastle United's goal-keeper, who sent a £50 cheque and pledged his support to our anti-racism work.
Fifteen years on, he reflects on what the campaign has achieved:
“It seems like only yesterday that I replied to a letter and sent a small cheque. This was the first step on an awe-inspiring and rewarding journey that has so far lasted 15 years.
“Along the way, I have been encouraged and inspired by many people, but none more so than the school children my team mates and I spoke to in those early days. I hope they have taken some of what we said and incorporated it into their lives – we have made a difference, that I’m sure of.”
At our celebration event awards were presented to the current PFA Chairman Clarke Carlisle, Ken Monkou, Frank Sinclair, Efe Sodje and members of Snow Patrol – all of whom received ‘Hall of Fame’ Awards in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the campaign.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:
“We are so grateful for the support of so many well known people, without whom the campaign would not be the success it is today. Working with professional footballers as role models has proved to be highly effective in educating young people against racism. And I am delighted that we will mark our 15th birthday by welcoming five new members into our Hall of Fame.”
In addition to the new inductions to SRtRC's Hall of Fame, audience members heard about the latest developments to our campaign and the challenges we continue to face in challenging racism. The night finished in style with a fantastic set from Emma's Imagination.