A local Barrie social organization has a plan in mind to mark HIV/AIDS Awareness Week.
The Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services is marking the week, November 24th to December 1st, with its fifth annual Red Scarf Project. Donated red scarves, knitted by volunteers and friends of the Gilbert Centre, will be securely placed across downtown areas across Simcoe and Muskoka. Everyone is encouraged to grab one of the scarves and share the HIV/AIDS information attached.
Above and beyond the annual effort, a series of events have been planned:
- Sunday November 24, Grace United Church, 9:00am
- Monday November 25, City Hall, 12:00pm Flag Raising and Proclamation
- Friday November 29, second annual Red Scarf Gala at the Barrie Country Club, 6:00pm
- Sunday December 1, Gilbert Centre, World AIDS Day Brunch, 11:00am
- Monday November 25, Midland Public Library, 10:00am
- Tuesday November 26, parking lot at Saint Paul’s Church, 8:00am (Rain date, November 27th)
- Thursday November 28, Gravenhurst Women’s Centre, 11:00am
- Friday November 29, Rene Caisse statue, 11:00am
There are over 63,000 people living with HIV in Canada, and nearly 37 million worldwide. Many suffer from social rejection, isolation, depression, suicide, intimate partner violence, prosecution, and murder. Their lives are at risk because the risk is still widely exaggerated. A person living with HIV who is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV through sex.
Photos courtesy The Gilbert Centre