Derby City Council employees and Derby residents are being invited to Wear Red on Friday 21st October 2016 in support of Show Racism the Red Card’s national Wear Red Day. Everyone wearing red is asked to donate a pound to help raise funds for the much needed work of Show Racism the Red Card.  Every pound raised during the Wear Red Day will help the organisation to support and educate young people and teachers about racism.

All schools in Derby have been invited to take part and the Council is encouraging other local organisations, businesses and individuals in the city to take part too.

Chris Powell, Derby County Football Club’s Assistant Manager will be launching Derby’s Wear Red Day activities at the Club’s Training Centre at Moor Farm on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 2.00pm. He commented about this year’s campaign:

“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Derby City Council for the second year to promote the great work that Show Racism the Red Card does. I really hope that we can build on last year’s success to show Derby once again that there is no place for racism at Derby County or in Derby.”

Councillor Asaf Afzal Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Integration said:

“Let’s turn Derby Red and show our support for Wear Red Day.  Racism is a very serious issue and affects communities across Derby and the UK.  Following the EU Referendum in June, incidents of race-related hate crime have escalated and just by wearing red for a day and donating a pound we can demonstrate that there is no room for racism in Derby, as well as supporting the educational work of Show Racism the Red Card.”

Paul Kearns Deputy Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:

“The support from Derby City Council for the inaugural Wear Red Day last year was integral to the success of the initiative. It has been incredibly heartening to see the ways in which Wear Red Day 2016 has engaged many more local authorities, schools, organisations & individuals across the UK. We hope Wear Red Day 2016 will be much bigger and better, helping to raise funds for anti-racism educational work to counter some of the narratives that have threatened to divide our communities recently. Please join us and make a stand against racism on Friday 21st October!”

To register your school, workplace or get involved as an individual contact Show Racism the Red Card on 0191 257 8519 or email info@theredcard.org. For more information, visit the Show Racism the Red Card website at: http://www.srtrc.org/