Sponsored by Bob Doris MSP
Leading anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card, showcased their campaign and education work at a high profile event in the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Bob Doris MSP.
MSPs joined supporters from the world of sport and beyond, as the campaign celebrated its growing success on Tuesday 05 February 2013.
The Scottish Government is a long-standing supporter of the campaign; a campaign which has cross-party support at Holyrood.
Bob Doris MSP, said:
“I am delighted to host Show Racism the Red Card’s parliamentary event. As convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Racial Equality, I am very conscious of the good progress that has been made by groups and individuals in opposition to bigotry and racism. Show Racism the Red Card is notable for its capacity to connect with groups which are often difficult to reach.
“Using sport generally, and football in particular, to raise awareness of bigotry is an incredibly powerful tool. Sporting role models can deliver key messages, especially to young people, in a way that resonates with them.
“Bigotry in sport needs to be tackled, and the Scottish Government have shown a willingness to do this by tabling the Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill, as well as by maintaining its equalities budget in difficult financial times.
“Show Racism the Red Card’s work is a demonstration of the huge contribution that sport has to make in tackling social problems, and I look forward to welcoming the campaign to the Scottish Parliament.”
The charity, which takes the anti-racism message to young people across the UK, and anti-sectarian message across Scotland, marked the occasion by handing out a Hall of Fame award to a supporter who has made an outstanding contribution over the last few years.
The Hall of Fame pays tribute to individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to Show Racism the Red Card and David McPhee, Commissioning and Contracts Officer, Housing and Community Care, Perth and Kinross Council will be joining some key figures who have already been inducted. There are too many to mention, but most recently Doreen Lawrence, Paul Elliot, Jackie MacNamara Senior and Sir Bobby Robson to name but a few.
Vicki Burns, Campaign Manager, Show Racism the Red Card said:
“Throughout the last eight years David has incorporated the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign message into countless areas of work alongside ourselves and the Community coaches from St Johnstone FC - from educational workshops in schools tackling racism and discrimination, promoting equality through events at Perth College, to incorporation into the 'See Me' campaign working with other diverse audiences within the community, all the while, going above and beyond all expectations which is down to his passion and drive in fighting social injustice in all its guises.
“The campaign is honoured to have such a champion and friend in both David McPhee and Perth and Kinross local authority and we are delighted to be welcoming David into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame.
“Show Racism the Red Card is extremely grateful for the invaluable contribution from our funders and supporters and we encourage as many people to get involved as possible, as we all have a role to play in tackling racism and sectarianism. If you would like to find out how you can get involved please get in touch.”
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