Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the four corners of the earth and impact so many lives.
Samantha took up the sport of running in 2008 as a break from study. Samantha ambitiously took the ultimate challenge and entered the ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’.
The ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ requires competitors’ to run four, 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth. When all four races are completed in one calendar year, it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet. Samantha made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person at the time to complete the Grand Slam. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award-winning film Desert Runners.
With an increasing desire to push the physical envelope even further, the following year Samantha found herself entered into a 222km non-stop run across the Himalayas, in an event that had only been completed by one man. The penny dropped during Samantha’s journey across the Himalayas that she wanted to use her capacity to run long distances for a reason outside of herself. The following year, while working as a lawyer, Samantha ran 379kms non-stop across Australia’s Simpson Desert. Receiving national attention, the run took 3.5 days and nights to complete and raise $32,991 for Save the Children Australia.
Within two months of returning from the Simpson Desert, Samantha co-organised a fundraising community running event on behalf of Turia Pitt and Kate Sanderson – victims of the Kimberley ultramarathon bushfire. A race that Samantha was also a competitor in. They raised over $40,000 to support their continuing rehabilitation, to be split between the two ladies.
Includes tea and coffee upon arrival and full breakfast.
Registrations close Monday, 21 May 2018.
Contact: Chrissy Lloyd phone 5945 4387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Casey, Cardinia Shire Council, Melbourne Football Club and Federation University are proud to host the Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast Series.
The Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast Series host three events each year, in locations between the Casey and Cardinia municipalities. Primarily a networking event for local businesses, these are a wonderful opportunity for business and like minded people outside of the region to attend also be entertained by guest speakers that will offer advice and inspiration from their personal stories and expert experience in a particular field.
Wednesday 23 May 2018
06:45 AM - 09:00 AM
Cranbourne Racing Club
2 Grant Street
Single Ticket $60, CCBG 3 Star $30, CCBG 5 Star $0, Table of 10 $700