Get ready, get set, KNIT!
ARCH is pleased to launch the second annual Red Scarf Project in Wellington, Dufferin and Grey- Bruce Counties. This project is an awareness raising initiative from HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) that is helping to reduce stigma in our community.
How Can You Get Involved?
Community members are invited to get involved by knitting, weaving, sewing or crocheting Red Scarves and donating them anytime to ARCH. You can drop them off at our office (115-89 Dawson Rd, Guelph) or give us a call and we’ll come pick them up. Fabric and yarn donations are also very much appreciated.
Then, beginning in November the scarves will be distributed throughout our communities up to and including World AIDS Day on December 1st.
The Red Scarf Project offers us an opportunity to share facts about HIV in our communities. For example, 210 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Wellington, Dufferin and Grey-Bruce since the onset of the epidemic. Currently, ARCH provides clinical care to 500 people affected by HIV. In 2013, there were 827 new HIV diagnoses in Ontario.
What Else Can You Do?
Take a photo of yourself or with others wearing a red scarf and post it to social media sites while nominating others (friends, family and coworkers) to do the same. Make sure to tell people that you are wearing this red scarf to support people living with HIV/AIDS and that it is time for HIV/AIDS related stigma to come to an end.
Join us for our events during AIDS Awareness Week from November 24 – December 1. Please make sure to check out our website at archguelph.ca/events to see what we have planned.
For more information please email Deanna Clatworthy at email@example.com or phone 519-780-5298 ext. 144.