Simpson Millar helps gives Racism the Red Card in Schools

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Red Card SchoolsPupils from schools throughout Wales have been recognised for their efforts to promote anti-racism at an awards ceremony hosted by Show Racism the Red Card Wales (SRtRC Wales), the Welsh arm of the UK’s anti-racism educational charity.

The awards were presented to the winners of the 2013 Schools Competition during a special dinner at the Cardiff Marriott which took place on 2 May.

Show Racism the Red Card utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society by educating young people and adults in schools, workplaces and other events.

The annual ceremony is the most important date on the SRtRC Wales calendar and showcases efforts aimed at encouraging children and teenagers to think about the negative impact of racism and discrimination, explore ways to combat it and develop positive role models. Anti-racism posters, poetry, t-shirt designs and multi-media projects were among this year’s entries.

As an ongoing supporter, the Cardiff office of national law firm Simpson Millar LLP was a headline sponsor of this year’s event. Solicitor Jenine Abdo was asked to join the panel of judges which included former professional rugby player Nathan Palmer, former professional footballer Christian Roberts, Mike Theodoulou (Big Lottery Wales), and Stuart Williams from the NUT.

Judges selected the 18 winners from 100 finalists which had been narrowed down from the thousands of entries that the campaign received.

“It was an amazing day and I was honoured to a key role in the proceedings both personally and on behalf of Simpson Millar,” said Jenine. “Presenting some of the awards was a real pleasure. The enthusiasm of all the young people involved was infectious and I think I speak for everyone on the panel when I say I wish we could have given an award to everyone who entered! The standard was exceptionally high and we had a difficult choice to make.”

Guests were entertained whilst they dined and highlights of the evening were the dance troops, magicians and performers showing off their football and basketball tricks. Hosting the event were BBC presenter Alex Winters and sports presenter Lisa Rogers supported by Leighton Andrews MP, representatives from the local council, and the Football Association of Wales. Gwent Dragons Rugby Club and Cardiff City Football Club were also in attendance.

“After months of hard work from every member of the SRtRC team, I am delighted to see that the School’s Competition Award Ceremony at the Marriott Cardiff was such a success. On a personal level to see so many children who I have had the pleasure of educating about racism was a very proud moment. Some of the children I saw way back in September and for them not only to remember myself but more importantly the workshop I delivered was definitely something I will cherish” stated Educational Worker, Chris Stokes.

Campaign manager SRtRC Wales, Sunil Patel, also commented on how the success of the awards was so closely linked to the backing of sponsors.

“This competition is the pinnacle event the year, we have thousands of young people involved annually producing inspirational pieces of work. Schools across Wales have incorporated this yearly event into their diaries so we know how popular it has become. Having prize winners come to collect their prizes handed to them by professional players from across Wales, makes it more special and they will remember this day for many years to come. Without sponsors such as Simpson Millar LLP and MG Law, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the very special day all the young people had at the Marriot hotel, Cardiff,” he said.


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