On Friday 15th September Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) launched Wear Red Day 2017 in Liverpool. The event was organised in partnership with Merseytravel, who hosted the event at their main offices in Liverpool. The event was attended by a variety of guests from different organisations throughout the Liverpool City Region as well as the Liverpool Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and several Council Leaders.
The event was opened by Jane Kennedy, Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, who explained to the guests that one of her main priorities as the PCC for Merseyside is to tackle Hate Crime in all its forms. Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of the Merseytravel Committee, followed on from Jane Kennedy by explaining the work of Merseytravel in the Liverpool City region and by stating his support for Show Racism the Red Card and Wear Red Day 2017. Paul Kearns, Deputy Chief Executive of SRtRC, and Ben Holman, Campaign Worker for SRtRC, then went on to highlight the fantastic support the Liverpool City Region has shown for SRtRC, the need for anti-racism education and they finished off by explaining the how to get involved in Wear Red Day 17. To close the launch event of WRD17 Natalie Hughes-Crean then read a poem to the guests titled ‘The Journey’ by Mary Oliver.
The event was organised in partnership with Merseytravel who are the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enable it to make informed decisions. It is also the delivery arm, making transport happen.
Wear Red Day is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses & individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland & Wales. For just £5, SRtRC can educate one child for a whole day. More information about Wear Red Day 2017 on Friday 20th October can be found here: http://www.theredcard.org/wear-red-day/
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said;
“Wear Red Day is a chance for people across the country to help raise much needed funds for anti-racism education work. Friday 20th October 2017 is all about uniting against racism for one day by wearing something Red and donating £1.”
“Racism affects everyone and each penny we receive from Wear Red Day will make a real difference to a young person’s life. The funds raised during Wear Red Day will help us continue to support and educate young people and teachers throughout England.”
“Racism continues to be an issue in our society with many people suffering abuse each day. We believe that education is key in challenging racism in society. By working with the next generation in schools we can have a big impact towards eradicating racism and creating a better world in the future.”