BACCHUS Marsh residents have painted their town pink in honour of Sarah Cafferkey and to call for an end to violence against women.
Wearing Ms Cafferkey's favourite colour, more than 1000 people joined her friends and family in a march through the town.
Her devastated mother Noelle Dickson, with Ms Cafferkey's beloved dog Sprocket, led the march organised to pay tribute to the bubbly woman killed on November 10 and to protest against recent violence against women such as Ms Cafferkey and Jill Meagher, 29.
The event culminated in the planting of a flowering gum tree at Maddingley Park and the release of hundreds of pink balloons.
A tearful Ms Dickson thanked people for their support, cards and letters.
"I am overwhelmed by the amount of people here, it is just beautiful," she said.
"It (the tree) is where all you people can come and sit with Sarah, talk to Sarah."
"It's really helped me get through these last two weeks and she was my only child and this is all I have left now.''
Ms Dickson said she was shaking in the moments after arriving for the march but got a second wind when she saw an old friend, Erica Szentpaly, who had come from Mildura, and they embraced.
Ms Dickson said the pair gave birth in hospital at the same time.
''She was the first person I saw. I got the shakes and I couldn’t stand but once we started to walk it became easier,'' she said.
She described the day as a blur, saying she didn’t know the organisers of the march or how many people attended.
''It is hard to take it all in. The whole thing was just beautiful,'' Ms Dickson said.
''This has helped me, even Sprocket behaved a treat.
''When I planted the tree, she laid there beside it for ages. She’s been beside herself and won’t let me out of her sight. It was like she knew.''
She said at least $1500 had been raised for the tree and a pink plaque, which would be embedded in a rock by Christmas.
''So many people are expressing their feelings because she was just a beautiful girl. She saw the good in people not the bad. She could light up a room. If people were down, she would make them happy,'' Ms Dickson said.
Anti-violence campaigner Phil Cleary reminded the crowd to take a stand on violence against women.
"There are too many violent men wandering about hurting our sisters, it has to stop," he said.
A graffiti mural - similar to that painted in Hosier Lane, Melbourne, in memory of Ms Meagher - has been painted on the side of the Bacchus Marsh community pool.
One friend, who didn't give her name, said she would always remember Ms Cafferkey.
"I'll always love her," she said.
Bacchus Marsh resident Jodie Parker said Ms Cafferkey's death had hit the tight-knit community hard.
"It's really affected people here," Ms Parker said.
"I think it (the march) will help the community to heal but we'll never (fully) get over what has happened."
Ms Meagher's September murder triggered an outpouring of grief, including a march which saw 30,000 people flock to Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
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