Show Racism the Red Card's fringe meeting at the Unison National Conference received a great reception.
Our fringe meeting this week at the UNISON National Conference was delivered infront of a fantastic turnout crowd, with 101 UNISON members and delegates coming to the meeting.
The meeting was kicked off with our Chief Executive Ged Grebby, who outlined the early years of the charity and the fantastic progress we have made, as well as outlining our main aims and the work we do, followed by a speech from Liz Snape on the fantastic support UNISON provide us with.
Patron Howard Gayle gave a frank and honest account of his time growing up as a black youth in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, telling how he defend and stand up for himself in order to eradicate the racist abuse he received daily.
Fellow patron and coach Leroy Rosenior delivered yet another fantastically rousing and emotive speech to the delegates, where he discussed the racism he received in his time as a footballer, and outlined how important it is for people to challenge their internal prejudices in order to best aid the fight against racism.
Finally, the most recent addition to the Show Racism the Red Card team, Vincent Pericard, vowed to aid Show Racism the Red Card's work in the fight against racism, noting the important contributions we had made to his career, where he received significantly less racist abuse than his counterparts on the panel.
Clare Williams then echoed Liz's speech, promising that UNISON would continue to support Show Racism the Red Card as we aim to grow further and reach a wider audience, both young and older people.
Meanwhile, volunteers Natasha Bougourd and Vanya Obrastoff had a busy time on the Show Racism the Red Card stall, which ran from Tuesday until Thursday, with help from Chief Executive Ged, Deputy Chief Executive Paul Kearns and Campaign Worker Gavin Sutherland, who arrived later in the week to lend a helping hand.
The stall raised a fantastic £320, so a huge thank you to all who contributed. We also had 83 delegates express an interest in helping out with our campaign, a fantastic number. The stall became particularly popular when our ex-professionals Vincent, Howard and Leroy arrived, with delegates eagerly queuing around the hall to get signed posters and photographs!