Red Scarf Project

ACCKWA’s Red Scarf Project

We are excited to embark on the Red Scarf Project for our 5th year! 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 virtual “knit-ins” online 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 community members through our partners.

Getting involved:

  • Donate a scarf, knitting needles or red yarn, or a craft store gift card
  • Share the project with your networks
  • Purchase a scarf during ACCKWA’s online auction (November 1st to November 9th)
  • Invite ACCKWA to do a virtual HIV 101 workshop

Virtual Knit In

Tuesday October 12th & November 9th we’re hosting a virtual drop-in crafting hangout for anyone who wants to meet other ACCKWA volunteers and crafters, and work on their red scarves! We will be live from our Facebook page from 7 – 8 pm here: !

Have questions or need more information? Contact Erin at