Community Collaboration Raises HIV/AIDS Awareness
Visitors to downtown Bracebridge next Wednesday will find dozens of red scarves tied to lamp posts and trees. The Muskoka Grandmothers to Grandmothers, in partnership with Muskoka Pride and the Gilbert Centre, are recognizing World AIDS Day with the Red Scarf Project. The red scarves represent the HIV/AIDS red ribbon, and have been knitted and crocheted over the past year by community volunteers. The goal of the Red Scarf Campaign is to bring awareness of the 63,000 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS and nearly 37 million people world-wide. Members of the public are invited to help themselves to one of the scarves, and are encouraged to share the information to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in our region. November 24th to December 1st is recognized as Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week. It is an occasion to raise awareness surrounding HIV/AIDS issues nationally, and culminates in the international observance of World AIDS Day on December 1st.