The 2013 Red Ribbon Campaign
With the theme of “Creating Community”, this year’s Red Ribbon Campaign seeks to overcome stigma by forging connections with other communities as well as strengthening existing bonds.
The 2013 Red Ribbon Campaign events include:
November 1st, 2013: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
In honour of those who have been lost to the AIDS epidemic, AIDS Vancouver will host a small Day of the Dead shrine in the AIDS Vancouver Resource Centre on Friday, November 1st, as well as having designated space on the community altar at The Roundhouse Community Centre’s Day of the Dead celebration (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, at Davie & Pacific). The Day of the Dead is practiced in Mexico and throughout Central America, and is a day for celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed on.
November 5th, 2013: Red Ribbon Month Proclamation
At Vancouver City Hall, Mayor Gregor Robertson will officially proclaim November as Red Ribbon Month, awarding AIDS Vancouver with a certificate of proclamation. The Vancouver City Council meeting begins at 9:30 am.
November 25th, 2013: From the Unimaginable to the Extraordinary: A reading by Mino Pavlic (presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library)
Having spent much of his life as an addict, as well as being in and out of prison, Mino Pavlic was unshakable- until HIV brought him low. Struggling for years with the devastating effects of his infection, he finally reached out for a miracle- and found one, through a previously unknown faith in Christianity. Some sixteen years later, Mino is a changed man, and willing to share his story with the world. On Monday, November 25th, Mino Pavlic will be reading from his bookNo Obstacle Too Great, as well as answering questions in the Alice MacKay room at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 W. Georgia Street, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission is free; non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.
AIDS Vancouver’s flagship event, The Red Ribbon Reception, is on Saturday, November 30th, at the Museum of Vancouver. Come join us for food and drink, the live music of Heidi Morgan and Able, a silent auction, and the annual Red Ribbon Awards, first introduced at AIDS Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary Celebration! Click the button below to purchase your ticket!
November 26th, 2013: UBC Red Cross World AIDS Week
AIDS Vancouver is partnering with the UBC Red Cross at the UBC Alma Mater Society Art Gallery (6138 SUB Boulevard, UBC Campus Vancouver) on November 26th! Running from 6 pm to 9 pm, AIDS Vancouver will have an information table on site where you can play HIV Jeopardy, or go check out the presentations as two AIDS Vancouver speakers take the stage to talk about issues surrounding HIV.
December 1st, 2013 (World AIDS Day): Free Hugs Day
A favourite event amongst AIDS Vancouver’s volunteers, Free Hugs Day will take place at Granville Street Skytrain Station from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come by, say hi, and help us spread the message- you can’t get HIV/AIDS from a hug.
December 2nd, 2013: World AIDS Day at Carnegie Centre
A mainstay of The Red Ribbon Campaign, World AIDS Day at Carnegie Centre is an opportunity for AIDS Vancouver to reach into the heart of the Downtown Eastside Community and connect with clients, both current and potential. In addition to contributing speakers to lead discussions on HIV related issues, it is an opportunity to provide outreach and information to one of Canada’s most vulnerable populations.