HARP Red Lock Campaign

    Poster courtesy of Group Health Centre's HARP (HIV/AIDS Resource Program)

    Launching across Algoma November 21, 2019

    ~ Presented by the Group Health Centre’s HARP (HIV/AIDS Resource Program) ~

    Each year the last week of November is dedicated to HIV Awareness, to both educate the public about HIV and to raise awareness for people living with HIV and AIDS and bring communities together at the same time.

    This year the HARP team is bringing a special campaign to the Algoma region. The RED LOCK CAMPAIGN is a unique twist on the Red Scarf campaign from previous years.

    HARP invites you to visit one of their Red Lock displays and take a lock, a gift to remind us that despite our differences, we hold the key to,


    With the Red Lock campaign, HARP endeavours to inform the community about people living with HIV and end the stigma associated with the virus, which is the biggest barrier to testing and treatment. Shifting the conversation to one of compassion and support will show people that getting tested is important for everyone.

    December 1st is both World AIDS Day and the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, and in honour of these important occasions, the HARP team will be at the GFL Memorial Gardens handing out locks during the Greyhound game.

    “The theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is “Communities make the difference.” Communities are a social support network that offers a sense of belonging. When you feel like you belong, you feel supported by others, valued and more confident in yourself,” said HARP team member, Shana Shipperbottom. “No one is successful all on their own; we need to support each other so that no one is left behind.”

    Remind yourself to share/show your Love, Hope and Acceptance of HIV, together we can end the stigma associated with the virus!

    Pick Up Your Special Red Lock TODAY
    Take a Photo of your hands unlocking a love lock, Post it to Facebook or Instagram with tag @HARPalgoma #HIVawarenessAlgoma

    November 21st – December 6th

    • HIV Awareness Week (Last Week of Nov)
    • World AIDS Day Dec 1st
      Greyhound Game at the Sault Ste. Marie GFL Memorial Gardens December 1st
    • Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week (First Week of Dec)

    Sault Ste. Marie Locations

    • Batchewana First Nation, 236 Frontenac Street Rankin Reserve
    • Algoma Public Health, 294 Willow Ave.
    • Algoma University, 1520 Queen St. E.
    • City of Sault Ste. Marie, Tree display at Dennis St. & Queen St.
    • Group Health Centre, Main Lobby 240 McNabb St. & 170 East St. 4th Floor
    • Neighborhood Resource Centre, 138 Gore St.
    • Pita Pit, 659 Queen St. E.
    • Sault Area Hospital, Medical Follow-Up Clinic 750 Great Northern Rd.
    • Sault College, 443 Northern Ave. E.
    • Garden River First Nation, Wellness Centre 7 Shingwauk Street

    Algoma East

    • Thessalon First Nation
    • Elliot Lake, Algoma Public Health, 151 Ontario Ave.
    • Serpent River First Nation, 40 Ballpark Rd.

    Algoma North

    • White River, Northern Neighbours NP Clinic, 102 Winnipeg St
    • Wawa, Algoma Public Health, 18 Ganley Street
    • Michipicoten First Nation
    • Batchewana First Nation, 236 Frontenac Street Rankin Reserve

    To learn more about the campaign or to find a display in the Algoma region near you, please visit https://harp.ghc.on.ca/red-lock-campaign.The displays will be up until December 6th.


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