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Red Scarf

Red Scarf is a movement bringing community together to raise real awareness and knowledge about the positive advances in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.  It stands against stigma to improve the lives of those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS in our community.

Red Scarf 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 crocheted by the local community and donated to RHAC in time for World AIDS Day on December 1.  Like the red ribbon, the red scarf is a symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. 

Interested in making 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 fmckeown@hivaidsconnection.ca for more information

Please donate red scarves to #30-186 King St. The sooner the better, as we label the scarves in advance of World AIDS Day. Please note that we accept them all year round.

For More Info Visit 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.

Bedouin Soundclash is taking the stage in 2018! To get your tickets visit redscarf.ca/concert.


"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.”