Red Socks Day: 2015

In July each year the trust invites you to wear red socks to celebrate kiwi spirit and great leadership, and to remember a New Zealand hero – Sir Peter Blake.

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Red Socks Day will be held on Friday July 3, 2015. It will be 20 years since the famous Red Socks became a national symbol of kiwi spirit and pride.

Sir Peter Blake liked to wear his red socks for good luck, and during the America's Cup challenge of 1995 New Zealanders supported the boat by putting on their own red socks.

2015 is the 20th year anniversary of the famous Red Socks!

Today, Sir Peter's lucky red socks have become a symbol of kiwi spirit and Red Socks Day is a chance to celebrate leadership in action, what it means to be a New Zealander, and to remember a kiwi legend.

Sir Peter Blake was tragically killed on December 5th 2001, and ten years on the Trust strives to keep his memory, spirit and values alive for future generations of New Zealanders. Red Socks Day is an opportunity to remember this fallen hero and the contribution he made to our nation and our planet, and to re-tell his story for those who were too young to remember.

Every year, hundreds of schools, businesses, organisations and community groups around New Zealand honour Sir Peter's life and legacy on Red Socks Day, and use the day as an opportunity to celebrate their leaders, and what it means to be a member of their communities. These events take many forms - from workshops and special assemblies, launches and awards, to 'red days', Red Socks Day fashion parades, Guinness World Record attempts and community service days - and can be both public and in-house events. The Trust encourages all those who take part to celebrate in ways that reflect their own vision, values and special characteristics - and to have a great time doing it! 

The Sir Peter Blake Trust has created the film below, which tells the story of Sir Peter's red socks, and also The Story of Sir Peter Blake by Tessa Duder provides more detail about the life of this kiwi hero for young readers.

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