On Friday 4th October 2019, thousands of people across Scotland took part in a nationwide stance against racism and discrimination.
Wear Red Day, announced by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is Show Racism the Red Card’s only fundraising event of the year. “Wear Red Day is all about building support and raising money for the fight against racism. This is a hugely important cause.”
Businesses small and large stood alongside schools, universities, public services, councils, politicians and trade unions, all wearing the same colour together for one day.
Many thousands registered to take part across the country, receiving their #WRD19 packs, however it was clear on the morning of Wear Red Day that tens of thousands more were joining them.
Businesses and public services that wore red on Wear Red Day include:
BBC Scotland, Diageo, NHS Lothian & NHS Fife through UNISON, Thomsons Solicitors, Scottish Gas, Aegon, McEwan Fraser Legal, Digby Brown, Scottish Women’s Football, Latta & Co, the SCRA, Sense Over Sectarianiam, PKAVS, First Scottish, Billy Bowie Special Projects, DC Thomson, Just Employment Law, Katani & Co, Intelligent Pensions and many more.
Schools and councils that wore red on Wear Red Day include:
Wester Hailes Academy, Tarbert Academy, Eastbank Primary, Tobermory High, St. Mungo's High, Tighnabruaich Primary, Christie Park Primary, Dyce Primary, Drummond High, Dunoon Grammar, Tarbet Academy, Eastbank Primary, Fraserburgh Academy, Uphall Primary, Inveraray Primary, Denny High, Rowanfield School, Lady Lovatt Primary, North Bute Primary, Our Lady of Lourdes, Thriving Places, Pirie Park Primary, St. Joseph’s College, St. Ninian's High along with Edinburgh City Council, Glasgow City Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Argyll & Bute Council, Falkirk Council, the Highland Council, Perth and Kinross Council, West Lothian Council, the Borders council and many more.
Trade unions and student associations that wore red on Wear Red Day include:
UNISON, CWU, GMB, the Royal Conservatoire, Prospect, the PFA, NASUWT, the EIS, the GTC, the CWU, ASLEF, the NUS along with Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scottish Student Sport, Forth Valley College, Glasgow Clyde College, Ayrshire College, Edinburgh College and many more.
“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.
Politicians have shown their support wherever they have been. Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf MSP took to the streets during the Edinburgh Festival to back Wear Red Day. “Wear something red, it could be anything, on Friday 4th October and give generously. It’s going to a great cause!”
Richard Leonard MSP, Leader of Scottish Labour backed Wear Red Day outside Airdrieonian FC’s Penny Cars Stadium. While the Liberal Democrats UK and Scottish leaders, Jo Swinson MP and Willie Rennie MSP urged as many as possible to join them in wearing something red against racism.
A message from the Cabinet Secretary of Justice today at the #EdFringe.— ShowRacismtheRedCard | Scotland (@SRtRCScotland) August 16, 2019
Will you join @HumzaYousaf and thousands more across Scotland on Friday 4th October 2019? #WRD19🎈🔴
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The @scotlibdems and their leader @willie_rennie will be taking part in Wear Red Day on Friday 4th October 🎈— ShowRacismtheRedCard | Scotland (@SRtRCScotland) September 24, 2019
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