Reclaim the Night in Port Macquarie on Thursday October 26 2017

TOUCH OF PINK: Julie Jamieson from Headspace, Kelly Eyeington, Cherie Gillett, Cathy Turnbull and Sharon Noble from MNCLHD, Ruth Edwards from NSW Police and Sarah Williams and Julie Priest from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council are ready to Reclaim the Night.
TOUCH OF PINK: Julie Jamieson from Headspace, Kelly Eyeington, Cherie Gillett, Cathy Turnbull and Sharon Noble from MNCLHD, Ruth Edwards from NSW Police and Sarah Williams and Julie Priest from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council are ready to Reclaim the Night.

A touch of pink is coming to this year’s Reclaim the Night March, with organisers encouraging people to knit their own pink ‘pussycat’ beanies.

It comes after similar marches in the United States in January 2017 used the beanies, making them iconic to the women's movement.

Beanie organiser Ruth Edwards said the idea came to her after the Women’s March on Washington where hundreds of thousands of people wore the pink beanies.

PINK: At the Women's March on Washington many donned the pink knitted beanie. Photo: Laura Telford

PINK: At the Women's March on Washington many donned the pink knitted beanie. Photo: Laura Telford

“The march is about supporting the right to feel safe at night, and the underlying reason for the pink knitted or crocheted beanies was about going back to traditional women’s skills,” she said.

Pussycat beanies originated in the USA at the Women’s March on Washington held in January the “Pussyhat Project” founders wanted to see a sea of knitted, crocheted, or sewn caps to make a visual statement on the streets. 

The founders didn't just ask women to go buy a pink hat and send it in, as they wanted to celebrate knitting, sewing and crochet, precisely because they're traditionally women's crafts and ‘skills passed from generation to generation’.

So far the public response have been phenomenal with a call to arms in September gaining support all over the Hastings, with over 70 handmade beanies being created.

“Its the visual aspect without pushing a political agenda, and that is the important thing,” she said.

PINK: At the Women's March on Washington many donned the pink knitted beanie. Photo: Laura Telford

PINK: At the Women's March on Washington many donned the pink knitted beanie. Photo: Laura Telford

Reclaim the Night is an Australian national march which promotes respect for women and highlights the need for women to feel safe on the streets of their town at any time. 

For the Port Macquarie march, the pussycat beanies will be offered to the participants for a gold coin donation and all proceeds will be provided to the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service.

The Port Macquarie Reclaim the Night March will take place on Thursday October 26, beginning at 6.30pm from the Glasshouse on Clarence Street.