Brian Jeeves talks about our new annual Wear Red Day
The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the issues around racism and discrimination, particularly in the current climate where there are so many issues and a lot of ill feeling towards the immigrants and asylum seekers who may well be coming to our country. The majority of whom will be hard working desperate people who are looking for a chance in life.
Steve Goodsell, regional manager
Wear Red and show support.
By Brian Jeeves
Famous football clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are renowned for sporting their red shirts, but on Friday October 23 Show Racism the Red Card are inviting everyone to do likewise as part of their latest campaign.
Show Racism the Red Card are encouraging the public to arrive at school or work decked in red to commemorate a day of action across England, Scotland and Wales. Schools, businesses and other organisations are promoting a messages of unity, solidarity and above all anti-racism and discrimination as well as raising vital funds supporting the delivery of anti-racism education throughout the UK.
Steve Goodsell heads up the Southern region of SRtRC, and he enthusiastically spoke about the importance of the event: “The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the issues around racism and discrimination, particularly in the current climate where there are so many issues and a lot of ill feeling towards the immigrants and asylum seekers who may well be coming to our country. The majority of whom will be hard working desperate people who are looking for a chance in life”.
“We’ll be looking to raise awareness to help those groups, and also those already here who may be suffering from some form of racism or discrimination. Steve continued. “The other purpose is to raise funds for our charity. As a charity we rely on donations and grants to be able to pay for the work we do in schools. It's a good opportunity to create awareness of this campaign, what we do and to continue the work. The main focus of SRtRC’s campaign is aimed at schoolchildren and local authorities. Many schools across the country will have special events to commemorate various periods in history. For example, in November there is Black History Day. Lots of schools will be putting on exhibitions that are included in their curriculum helping students understand issues around black history.
School’s taking part will be able to get resources as part of a package that will include a teacher, workbook with lots of useful information about various issues around racism and discrimination, t-shirts, stickers and football club posters.
Goodsell spoke highly of the clubs who have continually reinforced their support for SRtRC: “The football clubs involvements vary. We’ve got clubs locally in Essex such as Southend United who commit to various events, recently hosting a SRtRC Event at Roots Hall which gave local children the chance to visit, take part in a series of anti-racism workshops, and as a bonus the children saw what it's like behind the scenes at Roots Hall and met some of the players.
West Ham United will also be running events throughout the season, whilst other clubs in the south including Arsenal, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Leyton Orient, MIllwall, Watford, MK Dons, Peterborough, Norwich and Dagenham & Redbridge give us great support.
The Daggers are holding an event early in the New Year where the whole club, including the manager and players, get together and show their support and commitment. It's always a really good turnout from the Victoria Road club.
Organisations interested in taking part should contact SRtRC on 0191 257 8519 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org where they can obtain a fundraising pack including 30 SRtRC Red Cards, 100 SRtRC stickers and lots of important information about how to get further involved.
Supporters are encouraged to send their photographs and messages to SRtRC via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SRtRCWearRed. The campaign will help to promote your show of solidarity and publicise your efforts.
Those taking part are being asked to donate £1 to SRtRC which will go directly towards increasing the volume of anti-racism educational interventions delivered to young people and adults across the UK via their schools and places of work. The public can get involved and donate via our website