Hundreds reclaim the night
More than 200 women, children and men turned out at Byron Bay on Friday night in support of the issue of violence against women and children in the community.
The return of Reclaim the Night to the Byron Shire was an outstanding success as people gathered in the park and later marched through the streets of Byron Bay with lanterns and banners.
Reclaim the Night committee member Neroli Jager said she was pleased the event had got off the ground again after a two-year hiatus.
“The community response was wonderful and so many people commented on what a positive and enjoyable experience it was meeting with friends in support of these issues,” she said.
“I was pleased that we were able to get the message out to the wide community judging by the diverse crowd we had attending the event, including teenagers, children, older Byron shire women and men.”
The night started with the sweet sounds of the Songbirds Choir and the gritty messages of Tanina Mary’s hip hop.
Delta Kay and the Arakwal Dubay Dancers provided the welcome to country dance and young people featured and spoke at the ceremony, talking about the history of Reclaim the Night and reading stories of survival.
Mandy Nolan and Mayor Cr Jan Barham both provided their own insights on to the issues of violence against women and the positive mark that women in the Byron shire had made.
More than 40 lanterns were decorated on the night, with Jyllie Jackson of the Lismore Lantern Festival providing a beautiful sight as the sun went down on the beachfront at the conclusion of the march.
Organisers are hopeful to hold the event next year and will be looking to form a new committee.
If you are interested in getting involved, contact Neroli Jager from the Women’s Resource Service on 6684 4299 or email email@example.com.
Photos of the event can be found on the ‘Reclaim the Night Byron Bay 2010’ Facebook event site.