2013 has seen the 10th year of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign in Scotland and to mark the occasion the organisation held a special event to celebrate.
Show racism the red card recognising me for my endeavours in race equality work is truly humbling and an honour. It is a privilege to be involved with such a worthwhile campaign that deserves it's recognition. Let's hope for continued support from all to this charity.
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On Wednesday 4th December, the organisation held a Hall of Fame event at Hampden Park. The evening saw supporters of the campaign come together to see members of the Scottish footballing fraternity inducted into the “Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame”. Liam Craig of Hibernian FC, Sean Dillon of Dundee United FC, Gregory Tade, Nigel Hasselbaink and St Johnstone Football Club were inductees being recognised for their exceptional work to rid football and wider society of the scourge of racism and sectarianism. Sanjeev Kholi, the actor and media personality was also honoured for his work with the campaign. Show Racism the Red Card coaches Stephen Bell and Stuart McCaffrey were inducted in to the hall of fame for their longstanding and exceptional commitment to the campaign. Riki Grauer Communications Co-ordinator for Dundee United received an award for her commitment to the campaign through her dedication to promoting the campaign throughout the year. Jack Ross of PFA Scotland was also honoured at the event for his work throughout his playing career but more closely since working with PFA Scotland, his wealth of knowledge and creative ideas have been an asset to the campaign.
Clyde manager, Jim Duffy, a long-time supporter of the campaign was on hand to present the awards. Scottish representative of FIFPro, Tony Higgins, who was integral in the opening of the Scottish office, was also present to talk about the breadth of work undertaken by the campaign in the last ten years.
Jim said, “It’s been an honour to be able to present these awards to just some of the people who have made Show Racism the Red Card the well-known campaign it is in Scotland. With every year we’ve been in Scotland I’ve been constantly amazed by the young players who give up their time to talk honestly with young people about their experiences of racism and educate about the dangers. Our message wouldn’t be as nearly powerful without them.”
Up and coming Edinburgh band, Bwani Junction, who are both committed anti-racists and huge football fans provided live entertainment.
Wednesday nights event was sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, Topps Europe, ASLEF the Union, Cameron Presentations and Barr Printers.
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