South Tyneside folk urged to show red card to racism

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People across South Tyneside are being encouraged to wear red and give racism the boot.

Anti-racism education charity Show Racism the Red Card is calling on schools, workplaces and individuals to get involved in this year’s Wear Red Day on 21 October.

South Tyneside Council has already pledged its support to the initiative which encourages people to wear something red for the day and donate £1 to the charity.

Coun Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We are committed to eradicating hate crime in all its various forms.

“I would encourage people to take part in this initiative. The funds raised during this day will help the charity to support and educate young people and teachers both in the Borough and further afield.”

Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card said: We need to make a stand against the now very vocal minority of people who hold racist views and Wear Red Day is a great way of demonstrating that there is no place for racism in our society.”

“South Tyneside is an incredibly welcoming place with a strong tradition of diversity and equality we are very grateful for the long term support from South Tyneside Council.”

Ridgeway School in South Shields is supporting the initiative and will host a Show Racism the Red Card workshop on Wear Red Day.

Michael McCarthy, headteacher at the school said: “We are delighted to be hosting a Show Racism the Red Card workshop this year. We feel it is incredibly important to raise awareness among our youngsters about the dangers of racism.

To register your school or workplace or to get involved as an individual contact Show Racism the Red Card on (0191) 2578519 or email info@theredcard.org