The Red Ribbon Club

By Amanda Anikstein

The Red Ribbon Club advocates for people who live with HIV/AIDS and works to raise money and awareness for the national cause. As a club, we work to reveal the fight against HIV/AIDS to the students of Byram Hills and educate them on this crucial matter. 

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight the infection.  Having HIV puts you at a high risk of developing infections or cancer. The final stage of the infection is AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, yet it is not always developed by patients with HIV. There is currently no cure for this infection, but there are several medicines to help maintain it and alleviate some of the symptoms. One of The Red Ribbon Club’s main objectives is to raise money to help the process of developing a cure. 

During the 2019-2020 school year, the Red Ribbon Club hosted a bake sale in the spirit of World Aids Day. There was a large assortment of brownies, cookies, and red candies- red being the color that represents HIV/AIDS. With Jordyn Bernard, the President of the Club, and Katy Petyluk, the Secretary, in the lead, we also all dressed up in red accessories and clothing to raise awareness for the cause.  Needless to say, the club members definitely grabbed the attention of our fellow students with not only our amazing bake sale selection, but with our crazy red hair extensions! We even ended up breaking our sales record!

With the most recent news of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are trying to adapt to our new circumstances and although it is on the back-burner at the moment, we will continue to implement any means necessary to continue our support for HIV/AIDS prevention. Red Ribbon might be a small group at the highschool, but we are an upcoming club and hope to gain more members in the future.  Overall, the more people we have on our side, the more awareness we can raise for HIV/AIDS and the more people we can help!