A Saskatchewan man has dedicated himself to creating 250 beaded ribbons in time for Dec. 1 — World AIDS Day.
Ron Horsefall is about half way through the task, a meticulous labour of love to honour people affected by AIDS and HIV.
Each red and white coloured ribbon takes about 30 minutes to create.
He plans to present his ribbons to families affected by HIV, inspired by how his own family has been touched by HIV.
“As a result of my niece’s death, it just gave me resolve to do this work,” Horsefall, who is himself living with HIV, told CBC News. “[I want] to keep continuing to do this work to help our people because of the of the alarming rates that are happening here in Saskatchewan.”
According to the most recent figures available, Saskatchewan has the second highest rate of HIV among the provinces.
In Regina, All Nations Hope will have an event for World AIDS Day, to raise awareness about the condition and to educate people about HIV.
“It’s always to bring a good, strong message of hope to people,” Horsefall said. “You know, you can live with HIV and have a happy, healthy life.”
Horsefall has been HIV-positive since a diagnosis in 1996.
The beaded ribbons are a way to remember those who have lost their lives to the disease and to support those living with HIV.