Samantha Gash

A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labour exploitation and disease, and give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.

- Audrey Hepburn

It was during a 222km nonstop run in the Himalayas in 2011, that Samantha Gash - a former lawyer turned endurance athlete - decided she would commit her life to running for change. Five years later, she's heading back to India and inviting you to join her as she embarks on her greatest challenge yet.

Sam’s Highlights

Delegate to the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) [2016]

World Vision Ambassador [2016]

Publishing contract from Macmillan Publishers in the United States to write her memoirs [2016]

National Ambassador for the Mother's Day Classic [2015, 2016]

NAB Women's Agenda Leadership Awards Finalist

Co-Founder of Freedom Runners expedition run, which raised $55,000 through a 32 day run across rural South Africa. [2014]

Inspirational Ambassador for Impossible2Possible [ongoing]

Raised over $30,000 for Save the Children through running 379kms nonstop across the Simpson Desert [2012]

Patron to Nutrition Plus [ongoing]

Having run through some of the most extreme and inhospitable locations on the planet, from the deserts in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica, to the mountains of Nepal, New Zealand, India and South Africa, Samantha's achievements and experiences have been extraordinary.

She is the main character in the award winning film Desert Runners, which followed her 2010 journey to become the first woman and youngest person at the time to run four, 250km desert ultra-marathons in the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts on earth. However it is the impact Samantha has had through her footsteps that she is most proud of.

A lightbulb moment saw Samantha realise that to drive her body to these extremes she needed to run for a purpose so much greater than herself. At that moment she decided to commit her footsteps to running for a cause.

In 2012, she ran nonstop for 379kms across Australia's Simpson Desert, tackling the relentless sand-dunes of central Australia to raise funds to support a domestic education program, through Save the Children.

Samantha completed an epic 1968km run across South Africa in 2014, averaging 73kms across the 32 days, to raise $55,000 to fund a Save the Children program supporting young women to gain access to affordable feminine hygiene products.

Samantha continues to share her story of transformation with audiences around the globe, inspiring people with a simple message - use what you're good at to impact what you are passionate about.

Join us on this incredible journey as together we explore the life-changing projects which are giving people hope for the future. We can all commit to going the distance to drive social change.