Red Scarf Awareness Campaign 2019

Red Scarf is a movement bringing community together to raise real awareness and knowledge about the positive advances in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. 

Red Scarf stands against stigma to improve the lives of those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS in our community. 

Red scarves will be hung in public spaces in downtown Courtenay and Campbell River for people to observe and take home.

Like the red ribbon, every Red Scarf is a symbol of awareness and support.


Anyone can join the movement by:

  • Making/wearing a red scarf
  • Take a selfie of themselves wearing a red scarf and posting it to AVI Twitter/Facebook
  • Picking up a scarf tied to various objects throughout the city
  • Donating in direct support of clients of AVI Health and Community  Services
  • Getting yourself tested!

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. You can pick up yarn at AVI reception during our regular business hours Mon – Thurs 9 – 4, or Fri – Sun 11 – 3pm. In Courtenay we are located at 355 6th Street, or in Campbell River we are at 1371-C Cedar St. (off the alley).

Please have scarves ready by November 18, 2019. The sooner, the better as we label the scarves in advance of the installation November 25th.

After receiving your scarf, AVI volunteers will attach a tag that carries an important message about HIV/AIDS prevention, stigma and our World AIDS Day testing event. 

The scarves will then be displayed throughout the downtown cores of Courtenay and Campbell River available for people to wear in support or for warmth.

Any donation of red yarn for our project would be most welcome!


Want more information?

Courtenay/Comox: Contact Jeanette Reinhardt at 250-218-4544 or
Campbell River: Contact Leanne Wingert at  250-830-0787 or