February Newsletter Show Racism the Red Card

Welcome to our February newsletter with updates on our activities, our programmes including our Creative Competition and the upcoming launch of our new education pack. We hope this inspires you to take action against racism.

Activities update It has been a busy month preparing for the conclusion of our Creative Competition, initial preparations for our Intercultural Summer Camp and completing our new education pack.  We are hugely excited about the potential impact of this work.  On 5th February, we were delighted to deliver a joint presentation to a special invited guest audience of the US Embassy Charge d’Affaires John Hennessey Niland. We showed a clip of our new DVD and spoke about the work we do and invited guests to become ‘Friends of Show Racism the Red Card.  We met some great people who are interested and are in the process of following up.

We have hosted stalls at Intercultural resource fayres for student teachers about to go on placement at Froebel College, Church of Ireland College and St Patricks College.

We delivered presentations to DIT students of leisure management, social care and early childhood education, with the hope of recruitment of volunteers for our intercultural summer camp.  We welcome the opportunity make further presentations.

We have also visited the following schools: Drum National School, Co Monaghan, De La Salle Bagnelstown, Newtownmountkennedy National School, Balrothery National school, Castaheany Educate Together, Adamstown Community College, St Aidans Community School and Colaise Ide in Tallaght.

Anti Racism Creative Competition

It is bigger and better than before. It is hard to say that because entries in the last few years have been fantastic.  145 schools and youth services registered to take part.  We have just extended our deadline to Friday 8th March.  We are so excited about this years entries.  Two groups have Harlem Shake dances as part of their routine, while Castaheany Educate Together performed a fantastic version of ‘Gangnam style’ with the words Show Racism the Red Card. Entries can be by group or individual and using Written, Visual or Audio-visual means to produce a piece on the anti-racism theme.

Check out our youtube link from our home page to see audio-visual entries from previous years or get more information on the competition page.  If you have not yet registered your group, you can do so on the link below. www.theredcard.ie/competition.php

New Education pack

We have been working closely with Max Films and Firefly media design and Isupply print services as well as Specialist AV to ensure the completion of our new multimedia resources.  Not only do we have a fantastic new DVD and Education pack, we are shortly to launch an online course for potential users of the pack and also a course for those involved in football to raise their awareness too.  Not only that, but the DVD and pack are being translated into Irish.

The DVD is 18:41 minutes and can be played right through or in six sections with the following themes: what is racism, action against racism in school, action against racism in sport, racism and its consequences, do’s and don’ts and living in an integrated Ireland.

We spent five days filming meeting some of the top stars in Irish sport to hear their views on Showing racism the red card.  The DVD features interviews with Irish soccer internationals Simon Cox, St St Ledger, Seamus Coleman, David Meyler, Darren Randolph and James Mc Carthy and Rihanna Jarrett from Ireland Under 19 womens team.  We interviewed Sean O’ Brien from the Ireland and Leinster rugby teams.  From the world of GAA we spoke to Gaelic Players Chief Executive Dessie Farrell, Dublin All- Ireland winner Barry Cahill, Cliona O’ Connor Dublin Ladies and Lee Chin from Wexford.

We also spoke to young people from Adamstown Community College, Blakestown Community School an St Eunans National School in Raphoe about their views and experience of racism and what should be done in response.

Upcoming Events

11am Thursday 14th March at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, we will host the first launch of the new Show Racism the Red Card Education Pack.  Jeff the Ref will be there and local legends too.

3pm Tuesday 19th March at Croke Park in Dublin, we will host the national launch of our new Education pack.  Expect some very special guests.

12noon Thursday 21st March at City Hall Cork, we will host the southern region launch of our education pack with the Lord Mayor presiding.

11-2pm Wednesday 10th April at the AVIVA Stadium, we will host the 4th Awards Exhibition Showcase event to conclude Creative Competition 2013.

We will also be hosting an event to launch the education pack in Wexford.

Intercultural Summer Camp

Our Intercultural Summer Camp is now open for booking.  It will take place from Sunday 18th August and finish on Saturday 24th August. It is an action packed week of fun and   intercultural and anti racism learning.  The price including transport, accommodation, food and activities is €195.  Book online or find out more information at www.theredcard.ie/camp.php

We need your help! Click here for more information www.theredcard.ie/ambassador.php or www.theredcard.ie/volunteer.php

Show Racism the Red Card, Integration Centre, 20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1 01 6453096 info@theredcard.ie

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