Gilbert Centre 2019 Red Scarf Gala for HIV and AIDS Awareness, 2020


Research into and treatment of HIV and AIDS have come a very long way since the disease first came to public light back in the 1980s. Regardless, there are still thousands of Canadians - men, women, gay, and straight - living their lives without knowing they carry and can spread the virus.

Back in the 80's, network reporters were cutting the cables on microphones after interviewing patients, and even their doctors, rather than having to touch the unit to return it to the van. Ignorance was the norm, and very few took the time to study the facts. It was called ‘Gay Cancer’ and other inaccurate and offensive terms, and it was wrongly believed to be a disease that existed only within the gay community.

Now, the Gilbert Centre is working hard to change that mindset and as a result of their efforts public awarness has come a long way. During November through to December 1st, these caring professionals, who every day fight prejudice against those with HIV and AIDS, held several community events to assist in raising awareness and essential funds. Our crew from Five Points Media attended at their flag raising, their Red Scarf Gala, and finally their community brunch.

We learned that medical science has now reached a point with regards to HIV that most patients only need to take one pill per day. By doing so, those afflicted with the virus can attain a suppressed viral load which means they cannot transfer the virus to others.

Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) is now a reality.

We would like to thank the following sponsors of the City of Barrie Network. These businesses show they care about our shared community by helping us to provide a locally-focused truly local voice to you and your neighbours. They also enable our crew to be able to continue providing donated services to promote local benevolent community groups and charities based in The City of Barrie, the Town of Innisfil, and the Township of Oro-Medonte.

Assisting You Social - Social Media Management

Backcountry K9 Kennel - Day Care, Overnight, and Grooming

BarterPay Simcoe County - Business Promotion

Beauty & Babes - Hair Salon

Checkered Door - Transition to Adult ASD

Enterprise Mechanical Inc. - Heating and Air Conditioning

Family TLC - Family Counselling and Therapy

Fionn MacCool's Barrie - Pub

Growing Minds Learning Centre - Daycare Centre

Latchman Insurance Brokers Limited

Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual

Simcoe County Clean - Commercial and Residential

Still Moving Osteopathy - People and Pets

Theatre By The Bay - Live Performances

3B Solutions - Video and Media

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Videography by John Ironside

Post-Production by Tiffany Scott