Everyone involved with Show Racism the Red Card has been overwhelmed by the response to Wear Red Day 2017 and we would therefore like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks to the thousands of you throughout the UK who supported the day. Your support makes a massive difference to the campaign and we hope that as a society, we all reap the rewards of anti-racism education.
On Friday 20th October 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) hosted their annual fundraising day, Wear Red Day (WRD). For the third year in a row the day was a UK wide success, which has gone from strength to strength since the pilot initiative back in October 2015.
Wear Red Day involves individuals from schools, workplaces and businesses donating £1 and wearing red in support of Show Racism the Red Card. Once again, the annual fundraiser caught the hearts and imaginations of people throughout England, Wales and Scotland who are passionate about making a stand against racism.
Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, said;
“Each year I’m amazed by the mass volume of people who continue to take a stance against racism and lend their support for Show Racism the Red Card. Wear Red Day 2017 was another brilliant example of how passionate many individuals and organisations are when it comes to taking a stance against racism and promoting an inclusive society.”
“I would like to thank everyone who got involved and helped promote Wear Red Day 2017 on Friday 20th October and prior to the date. Each penny contributed to the campaign will go towards delivering anti-racism educational work in schools.”
For over 21 years Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) has been educating young people about racism in schools and with the help of role-models, including professional footballers, at special events at football clubs and through educational films.
Wear Red Day 2017 encouraged individuals, schools and organisations to get involved all over the UK with fantastic backing from trade unions, including members of USDAW, NEU, Unite the Union, UNISON, PFA, GMB, TUC and PCS. A massive thank you to all the Trade Unions for your support of WRD17, and your continued support all-year round.
Wear Red Day gained support from England Manager and SRtRC Hall of Fame member, Gareth Southgate. Joining Gareth were a plethora of England U21’s & England Senior players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Pickford, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham who also expressed their support for Wear Red Day. The campaign also received support from a variety of other individuals in the football industry such as Liverpool Ladies FC Captain, Gemma Bonner, Rachel Yankey OBE, Matt Murray, Chris Kamara and many more.
Schools and Businesses throughout England, Scotland and Wales took part in Wear Red Day 2017. A massive thank you to schools such as Nunthorpe Academy, St Mary's Wrexham and Braidbar Primary for taking part. Likewise, thank you to Park Place Leeds, Freshwater UK and Simpson Miller LLP, the money you raised will be valuable to the work of Show Racism the Red Card.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone throughout the UK who supported Wear Red Day 2017. Your support can make a difference and we will continue working as hard as we can to counter some of the narratives that have threatened to divide our communities recently.
Please see below for some of the campaign's favourite tweets from #WRD17