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.

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