Leading anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card, will be launching their new Show Bigotry the Red Card wristbands at a high profile event in the Scottish Parliament, hosted by MSPs Humza Yousaf and Patricia Ferguson.
MSPs will be joining supporters from the world of sport and beyond, as the campaign celebrates its 15th birthday on Thursday 29 September, 2011.
The charity, which takes the anti-racism message to young people across the UK, and anti-sectarian message across Scotland, will mark the occasion by handing out Hall of Fame awards to supporters who have made an outstanding contribution over the last few years.
Awards will go to the current PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart, and former Hearts and Scotland player Gary MacKay – both will be receiving ‘Hall of Fame’ Awards in recognition of 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 sectarianism. And I am delighted that we will mark our 15th birthday by welcoming Fraser and Gary into our Hall of Fame.”
Honorary President of the campaign, Shaka Hislop, reflected on the impact of his 15 years of work for the charity:
“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.”
The Scottish Government is a long-standing supporter of the campaign; a campaign which has cross-party support at Holyrood.
Humza Yousaf MSP, said:
“As a passionate supporter of the work Show Racism the Red Card do, I am delighted to be hosting them in the Scottish Parliament. Their clear and simple message that racism and sectarianism in all their forms should not be tolerated extends beyond the football stadium and helps reinforce the idea that hope will always defeat hate.”
Patricia Ferguson MSP, said:
“It’s my great pleasure to act as co-host of the Scottish Parliament Reception for Show Racism the Red Card at Holyrood. The campaign has always enjoyed support across the Parliament for its invaluable work in combating racism and bigotry.
“As parliamentarians we must do all that we can to help to spread the campaign’s overarching message of equality and respect. In modern Scotland there must be no hiding place for racism or sectarianism.”