The Red Scarf Project
The Red Scarf Project began in 2012 with the public installation of hundreds of red scarves in downtown London and Stratford by the staff and volunteers at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Every year since, scarves are knit and crochet by the local community and donated to RHAC in time for World AIDS Day on December 1. People in need of a little extra warmth are welcome to take the scarves, and read the attached information tag to spread its important message of HIV/AIDS awareness.
In 2013 we focused on amplifying impact by handing out red ribbons with some of the scarves. The ribbon was on a card inviting recipients to pass along the ribbon to someone else to keep the conversation, education and awareness going. Regional HIV/Connection also received a “Big Red Scarf”, measuring 2 ft. by 15 ft. At our request, it was lovingly knit by Pat Sole of the “Knitwits”, at First- St. Andrew’s Church. This scarf will appear in social media campaigns and public events for the Red Scarf Project, to help create HIV/AIDS awareness for years to come.
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection created this community event to spread awareness about the local significance of HIV/AIDS, the significance of the red ribbon as an international symbol of AIDS awareness and to highlight the UNAIDS vision “Getting Zero” – Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths. “The red scarves are enlarged versions of the red ribbon, the international symbol of AIDS awareness" says Brian Lester, Executive Director of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. "With this innovative idea we have hit upon something that seems to be resonating with the community and that will help us raise awareness about the work we do. It also provides an interesting entry point for helping educate the broader community about HIV/AIDS as an ongoing issue of importance locally. Since we know that approximately 65,000-68,000 Canadians are currently living with the illness and approximately 30% of those individuals do not know their HIV status.”
Want to make a scarf?
We kindly request that scarves are knit/crocheted using red yarn and measure about 6" x 60" (15cm x 150cm). If you have the capacity to purchase your own yarn, please do. We are happy to provide yarn to those who could otherwise not participate thanks to a donation from Union Gas. You can pick up yarn at reception during our regular business hours Mon-Fri, 9-5. Please contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Please have scarves to 186 King St, London by Novemebr 17, 2017. The sooner , the better as we label the scarves in advance of the installation November 24th.
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Red Scarf: An HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert
Every year, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) presents Red Scarf. Red Scarf is our annual benefit concert to mark AIDS Awareness Week, and lead up to World AIDS Day on December 1st.
The concert raises critical funds that will directly support people living with, at risk-for, or affected by HIV/AIDS. Funds raised support client services such as practical and psychosocial support; counselling; monthly support groups and social support camps; education, prevention and stigma reduction strategies; harm reduction services; referrals; transitional, respite and palliative care; as well as social support programmes and opportunities.
Stay tuned for our announcement of Red Scarf's 2018 performing artist(s).