Participants in last year’s Sabrina Patterson Memorial Marathon release balloons into the air in her memory before embarking on the fundraiser.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sabrina Patterson Memorial Marathon is a day to honour the loss of domestic abuse victim Sabrina Patterson. Money from the event will go toward Crossroads for Women Inc., a women’s shelter in southeast New Brunswick. It is also a day to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The event kicks off the morning of May 31 at the Tantramar civic centre; it includes a walk/run (5, 11, 21 or 42k) and continues throughout the day with many exciting activities including a barbecue, silent auction, bake sale and live entertainment all day. There will also be a petting zoo, face paint and a bouncy castle for kids.
Sabrina Patterson was a 25-year-old mother of two. In October 2010, Patterson was murdered by her abusive former boyfriend Fred Prosser. In Dec. 2012, he was sentenced to life in prison for her death.
It was a few months after the Patterson’s death that the family decided to hold the first marathon in her honour, Nearly $14,000 was raised that year. Four years later, the event is still going strong and has only become bigger. Last year, about $20,000 was raised; their goal this year is to raise $25,000.
About $5,000 has been raised already leading up to the event from incoming donations, advertising, two successful pub nights, bagging groceries and a large Moncton yard sale was held May 10, along with raffle tickets being sold – the proceeds from all the events will go towards Crossroads for Women, a trust fund for Patterson’s children, as well as two $1,000 bursaries for students graduating from Tantramar Regional High School and another $1,000 for Christmas and sports sponsorships for local children.
About 200 people are expected to be participating in the running/walking event, but organizers can never be sure until the day of the run and pledges are being raised leading up to the event, said Patterson’s sister Denise Murphy.
“It’s not mandatory but it helps,” she said. “May 31 is our day, that’s when we want people to come in.”
Those involved in the run/walk will receive free t-shirts; the cutoff date to register is May 17, although late registrants are still welcome.
“We don’t turn people away, we just can’t guarantee t-shirts after that.”
For more information or to register for the event, head over to www.neverforgetyou.ca.
“I thank everyone for their support,” said Murphy. “It’s a pretty awesome day and a good cause.”