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.
"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 Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Please donate scarves to #30-186 King St, London, ON by November 12, 2018. The sooner the better, as we label the scarves in advance of the installation on November 24th.
Updates coming soon to REDSCARF.CA.
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).