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Race To Benefit Victims Of Violent Crime

9 January 2008

Race To Benefit Victims Of Violent Crime

“The victims of Crime are you and I, as society declines, you and I pay”.

They may be the words of former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani but the father of murdered Tauranga woman Natasha Hayden-Brown believes a truer word has never been spoken.

Natasha Hayden-Brown was murdered on the 10th January 2005, her father, Tauranga businessman Brian Brown has sponsored a race to raise funds for the organization he says has helped his family enormously since the death of his daughter.

“Nobody asks to become a victim of a violent crime and when you do it is a very dark and lonely road.” Mr. Brown said.

“The Sensible Sentencing Trust helped us in our battle for justice and they help many other victims of crime so I thought it was time to ensure the public were aware of what this voluntary organization does – and hopefully we can raise a few dollars to help them in the work they do on behalf of all New Zealanders”.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust – Natasha Brown maiden will be held at Tauranga races on the 10th January, exactly three years after Natasha was murdered.

Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar said his organization received no Government funding and relied entirely on public donations to survive.

“Sensible Sentencing Trust has become the voice for Victims; we are now bringing a balance to what has become a criminal centred, offender friendly legal process. Our ultimate goal is to hold offenders accountable for the crimes they commit to ensure a safer society for all.”


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