Show Racism the Red Card appoint National Co-ordinator

Further to a grant from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform’s Fund for the Integration of Immigrants, Show Racism the Red Card Ireland has appointed Garrett Mullan as Co-ordinator of the project to deliver on its aims and objectives.Show Racism the Red Card aims to harness the profile of sports stars and others for anti-racism education towards the promotion of intercultural activity serving to integration, increased community cohesion and development of our community. Chairman of Show Racism the Red Card Ireland Mr Fran Gavin said: “Chairman of Show Racism the Red Card Ireland Mr Fran Gavin said: “I am delighted that Garrett Mullan has been appointed as full time co-ordinator. It is a clear indication of Show Racism the Red Card’s intention to promote awareness and integration in sport over the next few years”. Among those who support the campaign are Niall Quinn, Curtis Fleming, Mark Rutherford (St Patrick’s Athletic), Declan O’Brien (Drogheda United) Gaelic Players Chief Executive Dessie Farrell and a host of the country‚Äôs top GAA stars along with others within Irish sport and many of the most famous faces in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues. Show Racism the Red Card will launch on March 23rd it’s programme within the Eircom League which is entitled ‘Uniting Clubs with their communities’. This project will involve 12 Eircom League of Ireland premier division clubs, follows our highly successful pilot initiative with Drogheda United, Galway United and Shamrock Rovers in 2006 where we worked with the clubs on a range of community oriented initiatives. We participate on the FAI Intercultural Advisory Group alongside the Department of Justice, NCCRI and SARI and are having input into its strategic plan currently under consultation. This project will involve 12 Eircom League of Ireland premier division clubs, follows our highly successful pilot initiative with Drogheda United, Galway United and Shamrock Rovers in 2006 where we worked with the clubs on a range of community oriented initiatives. We participate on the FAI Intercultural Advisory Group alongside the Department of Justice, NCCRI and SARI and are having input into its strategic plan currently under consultation. We are also working with the Gaelic Players Association to deliver on a unique initiative to introduce Gaelic Games to adult immigrants. While recognising the great work done by the GAA with young people, this initiative seeks to encourage adults to experience the positive influence of Gaelic Games through the integration of their children while also catering for those who are curious about our national game. We are working on a partnership agreement with Basketball Ireland on promoting the project and initiatives geared to increasing activity and participation within Basketball Ireland on the part of people of all cultures. We will be working over the next months to deliver a DVD educational resource primarily for use in the schools but also for use in youth centres and other training and educational arenas. The DVD will be a resource harnessing some of the top names in Irish sport for anti-racism education. It will be a tool for educators to address the issue of racism within schools, the workplace and the community. For further contact and information, please phone Mr Garrett Mullan @ 086 392 7650 or email: info@theredcard.ie

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