Red Scarf Project

Are you loving the Red Scarves you’re seeing? They’ll be available for silent auction at our World AIDS Day Vigil, Friday December 1st from 7-9 pm at Parkminster United Church. You are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there!

The Red Scarf Road Show

Throughout November and the first week of December, we will be exhibiting the Red Scarf Project at several locations across the Tri-Cities. See the calendar below for more information.

When Where
November 3rd – 5th Princess Cinema, Princess St., Waterloo
November 7th & 8th Central West Opening Doors Counselling Forum, Hamilton
November 15th – 17th Cambridge City Hall atrium
November 20th – 22nd Rockway Centre, Kitchener
November 24th – 27th Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
November 28th – 30th Kitchener Public Library, Queen St. location
December 1st  (World AIDS Day) ACCKWA’s Vigil, Parkminster United Church, Waterloo
December 1st – 5th Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at St. Paul’s, UW

Thank you to Princess Cinemas for hosting the Red Scarf Project during the screenings of BPM!


ACCKWA’s Red Scarf Project 

In commemoration of our 30th anniversary, we are excited to embark on the Red Scarf Project, an awareness-raising and stigma-busting initiative in support of people living with HIV in Waterloo Region. We hope to collect red scarves created by service users, volunteers, and community groups, along with their personalized messages expressing what their relationship with HIV and what ACCKWA means to them. These scarves and messages will then be displayed around the region throughout November and December, demonstrating to the community the many different ways HIV can impact someone’s life, regardless of their status.

For the Red Scarf Project, the process is just as important as the end product. We will be bringing people together for “knit-ins” at our offices and in the community to share company and educate participant crafters about HIV in our region. Isolation is a consequence of HIV-related stigma, and we are confident that this project will bring our service users together with members of the community, to connect with new people and learn about the real, lived experiences of people living with HIV.

Our project hopes to collect at least 50 scarves. Once the project is completed in December, some of the scarves will be auctioned off to raise money for our food program, and others will be donated to our partners at St. John’s Kitchen.

How to help
You can donate scarves, or the materials to make them. You can participate in knit-ins, or come teach others how to knit or crochet. We’d love to have you be a part of the Red Scarf Project! Email Carolyn at


Thank you to CJI for hosting us for a knit-in, HIV 101, and Speaker!

Thanks to Agilec for hosting an HIV 101 knit-in!



Many thanks to Knitca and Spinrite for their generous donations of red yarn to our project. Because of you, we can make our project more accessible for folks who want to participate!