This Friday, (16th October) the UK’s leading anti-racism education charity, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), will bring the country together for the sixth iteration of its biggest annual campaign – Wear Red Day.

Despite local lockdowns, the charity’s fundraiser aims to unite the country and raise funds for anti-racism education for young people and adults, by inviting schools, businesses and individuals to donate and wear red for the day.

In a year that has seen global solidarity against racism and discrimination, the charity is hoping for the biggest Wear Red Day yet, with support from some of the country’s biggest names.

The campaign is being propelled by SRtRC patrons such as Liverpool and England legend John Barnes; Everton and Wales legend Neville Southall MBE; Arsenal Ladies legend Rachel Yankey OBE; Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton and – President and Vice President of SRtRC respectively – Newcastle United legend Shaka Hislop and Leroy Rosenior MBE.

Former Everton and Wales Goalkeeper, Neville Southall MBE, said: “Wear Red Day is a timely reminder that racism is wrong on every level. The only way to fight it is through education and that’s why I support SRtRC and why I’ll be taking part in Wear Red Day.”

In addition, organisations such as ASDA, Barclays, Boots, NatWest, Dr Marten’s, the London Stock Exchange, Scotrail Scotland, and the Royal Mail have all committed to wear red, stand up and stand strong in solidarity against racism.

And, as the London Eye, London Heathrow, the Millennium Bridge and local authority buildings up and down the country all light up red in support of the campaign, a sea of red will sweep the nation this Friday.

Tosca Fairchild, Chair of SRtRC, said: “It gives me so much hope to see public figures and organisations leading and being an exemplar in raising awareness on anti-racism. It gives me hope that there are community members who are committed to changing the world so that everyone’s ‘normal’ is the same, irrespective of skin colour. It gives me hope that one day we will live in a community and world where only one race counts – the human race.”

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive at SRtRC, added: “Our vision is of a world where lives are no longer ruined by racism. Wear Red Day is a prime opportunity for individuals and organisations to come together and demonstrate their commitment to this better future – and launching it with the support of our patrons, public buildings and attractions and global brand-name organisations is invaluable in helping spread this message to all sectors of society.

“Together, we will all stand up against racism and discrimination in all contexts of daily life – but we need all the help we can get.”

Building on a year that has seen global solidary for anti-racism, SRtRC is determined to ensure these sentiments progress into sustained and enduring change.

Now, with over 600 schools and businesses across the country already signed up in support – and with an estimated 178,000 people of all ages signed up to take part in activities on the day – SRtRC is poised to continue to create meaningful change through education and training, as it builds on programmes already delivered to approximately 50,000 young people and 6,000 adults each year.

Whether completing anti-racism workshops on Friday like organisations such as London Heathrow, taking part in SRtRC’s keepy-uppy social media challenge as Hibernian Women’s Football Club are doing, or simply wearing red for the day, there are plenty of activities for all to take part, show support for Wear Red Day and stand up for a world free from racism.

For more information about the charity and Wear Red Day, visit: https://www.theredcard.org/wear-red-day