On Wednesday, Dec 1 2021, ACNS launched its first ever Red Scarf Project - a public awareness effort for World AIDS Day.
Thank you to the almost 80 volunteer knitters/crocheters who generously donated their time, skill and yarn to make scarves for us - we received over 150 beauties!
ACNS will definitely be doing this again in 2022 – so anyone who wants to can start their red scarf now!
On Dec 1, ACNS staff and volunteers tied those hand-made red scarves to the fence surrounding Halifax's iconic Public Gardens with cards attached marking the day, and including updated HIV awareness and U=U messages from our ongoing "HIV is Different" campaign.
Sue Uteck, Executive Director of the Spring Garden Road Area Business Association, joined ACNS ED Chris Aucoin in tying a red scarf to the Public Garden's main gate.
On Wednesday, Dec 1, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia will be hosting the 2021 Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil.
This year the Vigil will be both in-person and virtual. To attend either option advance registration is required. The ceremony starts at 7:00pm
The in-person Vigil is being held at the Italian Cultural Center, located at 2629 Agricola Street in Halifax. ASL will be provided. A scent-free policy is in place for this event. The space is accessible, on a bus route, and has street parking.
The virtual aspect of the Vigil will be avialable via Zoom. ASL will be live-streamed as part of the Zoom feed.
ACNS is pleased to announce that Arthur "Dave" Miller will be the guest speaker at this year's Vigil. Dave has been involved in HIV/AIDS work both locally and nationally for many years. He is currently a Community Health Educator and works in Atlantic First Nation Communities with Healing Our Nations, and is also the Atlantic HIV Stigma Index Coordinator with REACH Nexus at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions.
All are welcome to join us as we remember and celebrate the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS who have passed away in Nova Scotia. The night will include the Reading of the Names and a candle-lighting ceremony to honour their lives. There will be musical performances, poetry, and more.
Hosting an event to raise funds for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia can be easy! Your event can be anything – an aerobics marathon, a stair climb, bake sale, a bowling or golf tournament – or whatever else you can dream up. If you need some assistance, ask us – we have lots of ideas. Contact us today and we can talk more about it.
To inspire you, here’s some pastexamples of third party fundraisers: BBQs, Glam Delusion, an 80s Old School Dance Party, Wine and Cheese....
We want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, everyone who donated, everyone who bid, and every business and organization that submitted an item for the cause.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors, who have been here as our'Bid' event has shifted (more than once) and become an entirely new event since COVID side-lined our planned March 2020 event. In particular we would like to thank:
Thank you to all four interns since January of 2020 that have had a hand in working on, and reimagining what our event might be - during very challenging times! Kudos to Rowan McArthur, Joyce Sseguya-Lwanga, Jennifer Flynn and Jordan Parker.
Thank you, as well, to two key volunteers that contributed substantially towards this event: Darrell Mombourquette and Anita Keeping.
For the tireless support of all involved, we are so grateful. We will hope to see you all in the New Year for bigger and better (and in-person) things!
NOTE: For those who missed our Live-stream on Nov 19th you can see a recording here (and thanks to Sean MacDougall from Keltic Kreative for assisting with cleaning up the video).
“ Your Absence was Requested ... ”
( ... the event isn’t real ... but the need is! )
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our 2021 BMO Bid for Change sponsors ...