Gary Bennett praises Show Racism the Red Card as the organisation helps its one-millionth person

Written by on 16th March 2023

Sunderland icon Gary Bennett has sung the praises of campaign group Show Racism the Red Card as the organisation helped its one millionth person.

The charity, which was founded in 1996 in the North East, has delivered regular educational workshops in a bid to educate against racism in society using high-profile football figures as role models.

Taking to Twitter, honorary president, Shaka Hislop (the former Newcastle United goalkeeper) said: “We’ve done it! We’ve managed to engage with one million of you in our anti-racism programmes.

“If you’ve contributed to one of our workshops, the art competition, kids in schools and playgrounds or adults in the workplace.

“If you’ve taken part, if you’ve contributed in any way, thank you,” Hislop continued. “You are one-in-a-million.”


Bennett is the organisation’s longest-serving patron, having supported the charity for over 25 years. In that time he has been awarded an MBE, which he received in late 2022, for services combatting racism.

Bennett spoke to Spark when he was granted freedom of the City of Sunderland, saying: “I think it’s a fantastic achievement and and what makes it so special is that it was started in the North East and has grown from strength-to-strength.

“Again, we’ve been talking about the support of the North East in general, and we’ve to be amongst it to maybe understand that it’s very passionate but also very welcoming as well.

“They’re the ones who have got right behind us.”

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