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Samantha Gash

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  • As a World Vision Ambassador Samantha Gash ran 3253 kilometres in 76 days from the West to East of India. Raising over $150K to fund education focused programs and creating a global digital campaign raising awareness to the barriers to quality education for children across India
  • Samantha was the co-founder of Freedom Runners – a 1968km expedition run along South Africa's Freedom Trail that raised funds to support an initiative that addressed feminine hygiene management and education. The 32 day expedition was used as a vehicle to raise attention to the high cost and inaccessibility of feminine hygiene products for women in sub-Saharan Africa and it's detrimental link to female participation in school.
  • She was the first woman and youngest person at the time to complete the Planet’s Four Desert Grand Slam. This race involves competing in four 250km desert ultramarathons in the hottest, driest, windiest and coldest deserts in the world. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award-winning film Desert Runners
  • Samantha was the finalist in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards twice; in 2016 in the Agenda Setter category and 2014 in the Inspirational Leaders category
  • In 2016, Samantha was selected as a delegate for the Australia India Youth Dialogue
  • She has also been a Pride of Australia Medal nominee as well as a NAB Women’s Agenda Awards finalist
  • She is currently writing her memoirs with publishers Macmillan in NYC. It is due for release in mid-2018

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