Sol Campbell and Doreen Lawrence will be among a whole range of special guests in Parliament to celebrate 15 years of Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card is launching a new magazine at a high profile event in Parliament, hosted by Dave Anderson MP. MPs will be joining supporters from the world of sport and beyond, as the campaign celebrates its 15th birthday.
The charity, which takes the anti-racism message to young people across the UK, has launched a new magazine featuring interviews with professional footballers Danny Simpson and Asamoah Gyan as well as including stories, information and advice about racism from a host of other top players.
In addition to the launch of the new magazine, the organisation’s 15th Anniversary the evening will be extra-special. The campaign will be handing out Hall of Fame awards to supporters who have made an outstanding contribution over the years.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:
“We are so grateful for the support of so many top footballers, 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 engaging with young people and educating them against racism. And I am delighted that at this launch event we will be marking our 15th anniversary by welcoming five new members into our Hall of Fame – from the football world and beyond - who are dedicated supporters of our work. ”
Awards will go to Doreen Lawrence OBE; ex-professional footballers Leroy Rosenior and Paul Mortimer; Simone Pound of the Professional Footballers Association; and Christine Blower, accepting the award on behalf of the National Union of Teachers. They will each be receiving ‘Hall of Fame’ Awards in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the campaign.
Sol Campbell, an honorary patron of Show Racism the Red Card, who will be presenting awards on the evening, said:
“I’m glad to be supporting Show Racism the Red Card. I have been involved with the campaign since 2000 and always try to help out when I can. The campaign has done a fantastic amount of work to try and eradicate racism”.
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary is presenting one of the Hall of Fame awards on the evening. UNISON already hold a place in the Hall of Fame for their support of the campaign. He said:
“Show Racism the Red Card’s work to educate young people about racism, using high profile role models, is pioneering. UNISON has been a proud supporter of its work from the outset. The charity’s new magazine will help it spread the anti-racism message to even more young people, making our ultimate goal - a society free from racist intolerance, one step closer.”