SRtRC Wales presented their successful work from 2014 in their Annual Review Event at Dragon Parc in Newport
"Our Annual Review Event had a fantastic turnout with some very influencial people in the audience. The campaign has had a very successful 2014, but so much more is needed in the fight against racism. We hope we demonstrated the importance of our continued work in Wales."
Sunil Patel, Campaign Manager
Show Racism the Red Card Wales hosted their 2014 Annual Review at Dragon Parc in the company of some very special guests. The Welsh Advisory Committee Chair, Stuart Williams welcomed the audience to the excellent Dragon Parc venue. The event was to both celebrate the achievements of the past year and to address the challenges facing the charity and society.
Stuart Williams introduced the Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates who addressed the room that included Chief Executives of the Football Association of Wales, Powys Council and South Wales Race Equality Council, also in attendance was Reverend Aled Edwards OBE and the Wales Charity Patron and Ambassador Colin Charvis.
The Minister spoke avidly about the charity’s energetic commitment to educating young people about racism. He recognised the challenges ahead including incidents occurring at grassroots football. The Minister congratulated the charity for working with over 17,000 young people in the last academic year and underlined the Welsh Government’s support for the charity.
Campaign Worker Jason Webber then took centre stage as he highlighted the achievements of the charity and some of the new areas of work piloted including Academy Player Training. Jason emphasised the importance of educating young people not just in schools, but also in places such as sport clubs. Jason went on to share some of the words that are commonly used on grassroots football pitches by young players.
The charity has worked with a number of partners. Guest speaker Leanne Hugglestone Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator of Companies House shared the benefits of having a partnership with the charity. Leanne stated that the Equality Training SRtRC Wales delivered with the 600+ staff had been invaluable. Also shared were some of the positive comments staff had made after the training and statistics were shared highlighting the success of the workshops. Companies House were delighted that the funding provided for their sessions would in turn help to fund sessions in locals schools.
Jenine Abdo from Simpson Millar Solicitors LLP was next to address the guests. Jenine mentioned a number of recent racist attacks across Wales highlighting how important the issue is in society. Jenine also gave a personal testimony on the effects of world events and the impact on the Muslim community. Jenine underlined that it is imperative the charity gets as much support as possible to enable them to continue their work.
Retired footballer and Education Worker, Steve Jenkins then gave a personal account of his involvement with the charity how much he enjoys visiting the schools and delivering workshops. The former Wales International finds it highly rewarding delivering the anti-racism message and in his own words is ‘loving every minute of it’.
Finally, Campaign Manager Sunil Patel closed the event with a passionate presentation about the challenges facing Show Racism the Red Card. The charity is about to go through its most difficult period in terms of funding taking into account the problems schools and young people face in terms of racism both in the UK. The guests were all encouraged to continue their support in whichever way they could.
We would like to thank all our guest speakers for supporting the day and to all the guests who attended the event.