Family, friends of murder victim organizing second annual memorial marathon fundraiser for women’s shelter
- It’s been almost a year-and-ahalf since the life of 25-year-old Sabrina Patterson came to a violent and tragic end. Allegedly assaulted and her body left by the side of road in the woods near Shenstone, N.B., her former boyfriend has been charged with her death.
And while her family and friends continue to wait for the murder trial to get under way this July, they are continuing to do all they can to ensure no one ever forgets how Sabrina died and to try and prevent it from happening to others.
The second annual Sabrina Patterson Memorial Marathon will be held Saturday, June 9 - an event that will raise funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence.
Denise, Sabrina’s sister, says organizing the event for a second time has been a good way for everyone who knew and loved Sabrina to channel their grief into something positive.
The event - a walk/run fundraiser to be held in Sackville - will feature a variety of activities at the Tantramar civic centre throughout the day with 75 per cent of the proceeds going to the women’s shelter Crossroads for Women in memory of Sabrina.
“Nobody’s forgetting this way. It’s going to a cause and she won’t be forgotten,” says Murphy.
The idea behind donating to Crossroads is to raise greater awareness about the programs and facilities that are available for victims of domestic violence, she says, because no one should have to live their life in fear.
“That’s where places like Crossroads comes in. There is a place they can go.”
Crossroads for Women Inc. is an agency in southeast New Brunswick that provides services for women and children who are victims of family violence. Crossroads offers support, transition shelter, second-stage shelter, peer counseling, outreach and referrals to other professional services offered in the region.
Murphy says the other 25 per cent of the proceeds will go towards setting up a trust fund for Sabrina’s two children, now aged two and six.
“We want to make sure they’re well taken care of,” she says.
Last year, the Sabrina Patterson Memorial Marathon raised $14,000 and organizers are aiming their sights even higher this year.
Murphy says they are hoping to attract even more than the 100 participants they drew in for last year’s event, which was put together within a two-month time frame.
The walk/run portion of the event will consist of a choice between 5, 11, 21, or 42 km distances so that anyone can participate, says Murphy. She did point out, however, that for any runners or walkers who are planning to tackle any of the longer and hillier routes, they may want to start training now.
Other activities throughout the day at the civic centre will include a barbecue, live entertainment, a silent auction, a bake sale, raffle tickets, and children’s activities including face painting and a petting zoo.
To register for the walk/run, or to find out more about Crossroads, check out the website www.neverforgetyou.ca. Participants will receive a free t-shirt with their $20 registration fee and are also asked to collect pledges for the run.
For more information or to help volunteer for the June marathon, contact Denise Murphy at 866-9386.
Above, participants in last year’s inaugural Sabrina Patterson Memorial Marathon leave the civic centre in Sackville. Organizers are currently busy planning the second annual fundraiser, which is scheduled to take place June 9.