Hundreds gather at AVIVA for Anti Racism Awards Presentation

Show Racism the Red Card hosted its third annual Anti Racism Creative Competition Awards Ceremony today at the AVIVA stadium in Dublin.
450 young people came from Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Wicklow, Dublin, Louth, Limerick, Monaghan and Donegal to participate in the awards presentation.
The Awards were hosted by Moldovan born RTE Children’s TV Presenter Diana BuniciPresident Michael D Higgins gave the opening speech.
The Anti-Racism Creative Competition was funded by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality
This was followed by a DVD presentation featuring top stars in the world of football talking about their experience of racism.  In that DVD, players including Samuel Eto, Didier Drogba and Ryan Giggs feature.
Following the DVD presentation, young people in the audience put questions to our guest panel.  The panel included:
Marco Tardelli (Ireland coach)Eamon Dunphy (TV pundit)
Gordon D’Arcy (Ireland rugby)
Philly Mac Mahon (Dublin SFC)
Gary Sice (Galway SFC)
Camilla Lillevold Oeverboe (Norway SRTRC)
The event was an opportunity for an exhibition of the work of young people participating.  President Higgins visited stands and heard from the young people what they did to produce their entry for the Show Racism the Red Card competition.
One entry shown during the awards was a video made and scripted by young people at Poppintree Youth Project Ballymun.  It has already thousands of hits on our website-
This is an article submitted by a student attending Balbriggan Community College as her entry to the competition.
The awards were presented to the young people as follows:
3rd place – Castaheany Educate Together, Dublin 15 – Their beautiful diversity quilt is on display in their school and was launched and introduced to the whole school so that everyone got their message of anti-racism.
2nd place- Scoil Naomh Brid Kiltegan Co Wicklow- Bead mosaic entry; Children spent 60 hours making their entry which also include an anti-racism board game.  These will be exciting additions for future SRTRC education resources.
1st place- St Eunans National School Raphoe –  their entry, the children created a mosaic but in creating their mosaic they got the endorsement of the great and the good who signed their card pledging to support St Eunans NS campaign to Show Racism the Red Card.  Those who signed their pledge included Martin O Neill, Shay Given, Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
                                                                                                                                                                                Pictured top to bottom are students from Castaheany ETNS with Dublin player Philly Mac Mahon, students from Scoil Naomh Brid with Gary Sice and Gordon D’Arcy and student from St Eunans Raphoe with Marco Tardelli.
 Merit awards also went to Maria Immaculata Community College Dunmanway, Navan Youthreach Progression, Tralee Community College, Salesians Pallaskenry, St Marys BNS Dublin 4, Holy Family Senior National School,Youthwork Ireland Monaghan
Photography from the event is on
Please find a link to the Presidents speech here
The Creative Competition is run annually and is aimed at primary and secondary schools, youth centres and Youthreach groups on both sides of the border.1. SRTRC was set up in Ireland in 2006. It is a part of a European network that began in 1995 when Shaka Hislop donated £50stg to a local anti-racism campaign in Newcastle upon Tyne. It has been growing ever since.
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