Muskoka Grandmothers hold Red Scarf Day Friday in Bracebridge

Join the Muskoka Grandmothers 11 a.m. at the Rene Caisse statue in downtown Bracebridge as the mark World AIDS Day Dec. 1.

BRACEBRIDGE — If you’re out an’ aboot in Bracebridge Friday, Nov. 30, and see a bunch of people wearing beautifully hand-knitted red scarves, it’s because it’s Red Scarf Day

Thanks to Muskoka Grandmother, the local chapter of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, at 11 a.m. they will be at the Rene Caisse statue, next to the Silver Bridge in downtown Bracebridge, to distribute the hand-made red scarves along Manitoba St..

The scarves will be available for anyone to take, wear and enjoy, says Sylvia Bouchard in a news release.

The purpose of this event is to support HIV/AIDS awareness week.

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day.

Red Scarf is a Canadian national 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 the community.

Since 2012, volunteers have hand-crafted over 7,000 red scarves. 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

picking up a scarf at our pop-ups

coming to to annual benefit concert

attending our World AIDS Day vigils

You can also donate today in direct support of clients at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection.

Barb Borland, left, and Lea Dooley put finishing touches on scarves for Friday’s giveaway.
And Sylvia Bouchard, of Muskoka Grandmothers, bundles up the red scarves.