Offaly people urged to ‘Wear Red’ this November to tackle racism

Charlie Flynn

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Charlie Flynn

Offaly people urged to ‘Wear Red’ this November to tackle racism

Schools, businesses, and community and sports organisations in Offaly are being encouraged to get involved in the third annual Wear Red Day this month to help combat racism.

Wear Red Day is an initiative of the anti-racism and education charity, Show Racism the Red Card. The organisation is calling on the public to wear something red on Friday, 23rd November, and donate €2 to Show Racism the Red Card by texting SRTRC to 50300 to help raise much-needed funds for the charity.

All funds raised through Wear Red Day will be used by Show Racism the Red Card to continue to challenge racism by providing education resources, programmes and intercultural activities that support integration.

Speaking about Wear Red Day, Garrett Mullan, Coordinator of Show Racism the Red Card, said: “We are excited to be organising Wear Red Day for the third year in a row, and we are hoping to have more schools, workplaces and community groups participating this year than ever before.

“Racism in our society persists, and we all have a role to play in addressing this. Wear Red Day is an opportunity for people to very visibly and publicly show their opposition to racism. We hope that Offaly people of all ages will participate in the day.”

According to European Network Against Racism Ireland, in 2017, there were 595 incidents of racism reported through the iReport system. So far in 2018, 572 reports have been made.

“We need to equip children and adults alike with the knowledge and skills to address and deal with racism,” continued Garrett Mullan.

“We are calling on Offaly schools, businesses, sports and community organisations to support our work by getting involved with Wear Red Day. As well as wearing red, groups and individuals can organise fun activities – such as keepie-uppie competitions or bake sales – to help boost donations. All funds donated will go towards helping us raise awareness of racism and stamping it out for future generations.”

Show Racism the Red Card is encouraging participants to share their activities on social media using the hashtag #WRD18.