Tens of thousands of people across workplaces, schools, sports clubs and individually will take part in Show Racism the Red Card’s initiative, Wear Red Day this year.
On Wednesday 14th August, several high-profile comedians from the Edinburgh Festival, politicians and football stars joined Show Racism the Red Card colleagues and partners to show their backing for the cause at the Scottish Parliament.
Scotland, even several of its iconic buildings, will become red on Friday 4th October in an event to raise awareness and fundraise for more vital anti-racism education.
“It’s essential that we educate our young children in understanding how racism affects us all. More needs to be done.” states Mark Walters, ex Rangers & Liverpool.
“For schools, it is a chance for thousands of young people to get involved with the campaign with many across the country having never received anti-racism education before. For everyone else, it is their chance to stand united against racism and all forms of discrimination, at a time when it is needed more than ever,” said Jordan Allison, Show Racism the Red Card.
Funding for equalities education has dropped significantly over the last 5 years, with the charity’s budget being cut from £120,000 per year to less than half of this today: £50,000. The event in October will include a text donation service which will go a long way to help funding more anti-racism education work and development of educational resources throughout Scotland.
“With Wear Red Day taking place two weeks later for England and Wales, it is humbling to see the likes of Pat Nevin and Mark Walters publicly backing Scotland’s Wear Red Day during their Fringe appearance, alongside fellow performers Patrick Monahan, Louise Young and many more coming along to our launch today,” said Ged Grebby, CEO, Show Racism the Red Card.