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GMB To Support Wear Red Day 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GMB To Support Wear Red Day 2016 To Help Promote Racism Education In Schools

With a rise in hate crime post referendum, the work of Show Racism the Red Card is so incredibly important, says GMB

GMB, Britain’s general union, will support Wear Red Day 2016 this Friday (21st October 2016) to raise money for Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) and help promote awareness and education about racism amongst young people.

For 20 years Show Racism the Red Card has been educating young people about racism in schools and with the help of role-models, including professional footballers, at special events at football clubs and through educational films.

On Friday 21st October, Show Racism the Red Card is encouraging individuals, schools and organisations to show their support and raise funds for the campaign by taking part in Wear Red Day 2016.

For every £5 raised, SRtRC can educate a young person for a whole school day. Show your support – Wear red and stand against racism this Friday.

People are getting involved all over the UK and lots of trade unions have pledged their support, with members of GMB, USDAW, The NUT, Unite the Union, PFA, Nautilus, Equity, Musicians Union, Prospect, BECTU, NUJ, TUC and PCS, set to wear red and donate.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

"With a rise in hate crime post referendum, the work of Show Racism the Red Card is so incredibly important. GMB never has and never will let racism go unchallenged, that's why we're proud to wear red today to support the organisation and the message.

Members will be raising funds and organising events across the country. We encourage everyone else to do the same and get behind SRtRC to show everyone, everywhere that we say 'no' to racism."

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, SRtRC said

“We have been inundated with offers of support for Wear Red Day 2016. I think that the worrying rise in racism* following the EU referendum has provoked a reaction from people who are against racism and want to show their support, particularly for our education work with young people.

“People throughout the UK will be wearing red on Friday and donating to make a difference and we thank everyone, young people, schools and organisations for their support.”

Wear Red Day 2016 is being supported nationwide and two councils in the North East are very visibly showing their support.

In Stockton-on-Tees, the lights around some of the borough’s most prominent landmarks will be turned red in support of #WRD16.

And in Gateshead and Newcastle the famous Millennium bridge will be turned RED, to mark the support of Gateshead Council.


Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or

Notes for Editors

Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC)

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity, founded in 1996, which uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The campaign's primary output is education with young people and adults in their schools, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums around Britain.

Show Racism the Red Card works comprehensively across Great Britain and each season, SRtRC visits clubs in all four divisions in England to host educational events with local school pupils and professional footballers, ex-professionals, managers, coaches and high-profile members of the community.

#WRD16 – Is the official hashtag of Wear Red Day 2016 and SRtRC encourages supporters to share what they are doing for #WRD16 with us on twitter and facebook.

*SRtRC reported about the increase in evident prejudicial attitudes from young people and adults recently.

More information on the work of SRtRC can be found on our website:

Questions about the Wear Red Day should be sent to  / 0191 257 8519

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GMB Euston Staff photo promoting Show Racism the Red Card