Red Ribbon Club (RRC)
Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a voluntary on Campus intervention Programme for students in higher educational institutions in Tamilnadu. It is initiated and supported by the Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and is being implemented through the state’s National Service Scheme (NSS). TANSACS is being provided special fund to polytechnic colleges through DOTE-NSS to conduct the RRC activities from the year 2005-2006.
Objectives of RRC Programmes are,
- To reduce new HIV infection among the youth by raising their risk perception through proper education on sex and sexuality and HIV / AIDS.
- To prepare the youth as peer educators and agents of change by developing skills on leadership, social marketing and team building.
Red Ribbon has become the global symbol for solidarity with HIV positive and people living with AIDS. It unites the people in the common fight against this disease.
Hence, the significance of Red Ribbon is
- Red like love, asa symbol of passion and tolerance towards those affected.
- Red like blood, representing the pain caused by the many people that died of AIDS
- Red like the anger, about the helplessness by which we are facing a disease for which there is still no chance for a cure.
- Red as a sign of warning not to carelessly ignores one of the biggest problems of our time
Activities of RRC programme:
- Peer educator training on RRC ‘Celebrating Life’.
- Interactive training programme with HIV +ve speaker and counsellor of ICTC / Blood Bank / other Medical officer.
- Blood donation motivation programme & blood donation camp.
- College level competitions on RRC objectives.
- Visibility programmes such as
- Rally, Marathon , Signature Campaign
- RRC Day / World AIDS Day / Blood Donors Day.
In RRC, Inside and outside of the campus
- Exposure visit to nearby ICTC / Blood Bank / ART Centre, Community care centre / HIV positive children home.
- Peer education orientation training.
- Peer campaign & Peer meeting.