SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Tantramar community once again showed its support and helped pay tribute to the late Sabrina Patterson during a memorial marathon fundraising event held on Saturday in her honour.
More than $20,000 was raised during this year’s event, surpassing last year’s total of $18,200. The proceeds will be split between Crossroads for Women Inc, a women’s shelter serving southeast New Brunswick, and a trust fund for Sabrina’s two young children. Two $1,000 bursaries will also be offered to local high school students in memory of Sabrina.
Despite the torrential downpour, about 150 runners and walkers kicked off the day’s events early Saturday morning as they headed out from the Tantramar civic centre through the streets of Sackville to take part in either a 5K, 11K, 21K or 42K route – all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence.
“Rain or shine, we did pretty good,” said Denise Murphy, Sabrina’s sister and an organizer of what has now become an annual event.
Other activities throughout the day at the Tantramar civic centre included a barbecue, a silent auction, musical entertainment, a bake sale, raffle tickets, children’s activities and more.
Murphy said putting together this annual event not only helps keep Sabrina’s memory alive but also turns the tragic circumstances of her death into a way of helping others.
She said the idea behind donating to Crossroads is to let more people know about the programs and facilities that are available for victims of domestic violence – because no one should have to live their life in fear.
Crossroads provides services for women and children who are victims of family violence. It offers support, transition shelter, second-stage shelter, peer counseling, outreach and referrals to other professional services offered in the region.
Sabrina, a 25-year-old mother of two, was brutally murdered in October 2010 by her former boyfriend Fred Prosser. Prosser was charged with her death last December, sentenced to a life in prison for first-degree murder and sexual assault.