East Dunbartonshire shines a spotlight on the campaign against racism

Thursday, 20 October, 2022

the bearsden hub building lit up redEast Dunbartonshire’s best-known buildings are to be lit up red in support of the charity Show Racism the Red Card.

The Council is backing the anti-racism ‘Wear Red Day’ on Friday 21 October by illuminating The Community Hubs in Bearsden, Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch and Milngavie Town Hall.

Council employees will also be encouraged to wear something red on that Friday.

Council Leader Gordan Low said, “East Dunbartonshire continues to support Show Racism the Red Card, an important campaign that looks at addressing the issue of racism still prevalent in our society. We hope that our residents, schools and employees will join us again this year to support this vital campaign.

“We can all work to create a better future for everyone by spreading the word and, if possible, by making a donation to support the charity's work. All donations go directly to combating racism in society through education.”

Show Racism the Red Card was founded 26 years ago, with a donation from Shaka Hislop, former Newcastle United goalkeeper.

In 1990, Shaka faced racist abuse while filling his car with petrol. However, after realising who he was, the people shouting abuse proceeded to ask for his autograph. This experience led Shaka to realise he could use his position as role model and footballer to make a change through education.

The charity is now the UK’s leading educational charity.

To donate to Show Racism the Red Card, text ‘Red’ to 07470 to donate £1, text ‘Red5’ to donate £5, text ‘Red10’ to donate £10 and ‘Red20’ to donate £20. Texts cost a standard network rate, plus the donation of your choice.

For more information visit the Show Racism the Red Card website and check out #WRD21 on social media.

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