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Running for Change: Endurance Athlete Samantha Gash to Speak in Naples

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Venue Naples

13240 Tamiami Trail North

#Suite 205

Naples, FL 34110

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Record-breaking global leader and humanitarian Samantha Gash is coming to Naples to speak Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Venue Naples, located off US 41 and Imperial Parkway at 13240 Tamiami Trail North, Suite #205. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Wellfit Girls.

Gash, a corporate speaker and social entrepreneur, will speak about her extraordinary, inspiring transformation from lawyer to ultra-athlete to humanitarian. It's a story about self-belief, passion, purpose, perseverance and "Running for Change." Gash was featured in the award-winning documentary Desert Runners in 2010 where she became the first woman and youngest person at the time to complete the 4 Desert Race Series Grand Slam, one of the world's toughest and most prestigious endurance achievements. She has since run across the Himalayas, Australia’s Simpson Desert, South Africa’s Freedom Trail and West to East across India raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for social impact projects.

General admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets are $150 and include VIP cocktail reception catered by CRAVE Culinaire and a meet and greet with Gash will take place from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Photographs with Gash will only be allowed during the VIP portion of the event. No posed pictures will be allowed after.

About The Speaker

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. After hitting the wall at 32kms and on the verge of quitting, she just managed to complete the Melbourne Marathon that year. Motivated by the experience of pushing her mind and body beyond what she thought was possible, 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.

Samantha’s view on what she was capable of changed forever from this point. 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 after 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.

In September 2014, Samantha ran an average of 61kms for 32 days in a row across South Africa’s Freedom Trail (1968kms in total) with UK runner Mimi Anderson. It was reported that year that almost nine million South African girls aged 13 19 missed time at school due to a lack of sanitary products. Mimi and Samantha raised $55,000 on behalf of Save the Children to support a holistic initiative that increased access to feminine hygiene products and provide education around the importance of attending school.

As an Ambassador for World Vision, on Samantha completed a 76 day/3253km run from the West to the East of India. She raised over $150K to fund six education focused programs and visited 18 communities that World Vision support across the country. These stories were shared through a digital platform with organisations and individuals taking part in global peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.

Samantha’s experience has made her an inspiring and energetic communicator with a unique ability to inspire people to push through their limitations. She is a dynamic corporate speaker, empowering audiences in Australia and internationally.

VIP Ticket Prices

VIP Admission (Ages 16+) - $150 (includes General Admission ticket)

VIP Ticket Sales will end Friday February 2 at 5 p.m.

Doors for VIP admission will open at 5:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet with Gash

Gash will mix and mingle with guests during the VIP coctail hour at Venue Naples. Photographs with Gash will be allowed during this time.

Food and Drink

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be passed by CRAVE Culinaire from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Complimentary wine and a full cash bar will be available for VIP guests from 5:30-6:45 p.m. A full cash bar will be available after 6:45 p.m.

Latecomers

ALL ticket holders must be in their seat 15 minutes before the lecture begins or their seat may be given to individuals in the standby line.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating

All of our venues are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Rio DeArmond at 239-989-5719 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org ahead of time to make arrangements for this event.

Age Limit

Anyone under the age of 16 will not be admitted to the VIP portion of the lecture

General Admission Ticket Prices

Regular Admission (Ages 10+) - $50

General Admission Ticket Sales end Monday, February 5 at 5 p.m.

Arrival Time

Doors for general admission seating will open at 6:30 p.m.

Age Limit

Babies and children under the age of 10 will not be admitted to this lecture

Latecomers

ALL ticket holders must be in their seat 15 minutes before the lecture begins or their seat may be given to individuals in the standby line.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating

All of our venues are accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact Rio DeArmond at 239-989-5719 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org ahead of time to make arrangements for this event.

Food and Drink

No outside food or drink is allowed. A cash bar will be available for guests upon arrival.

Contact

If you have any questions, please call Rio DeArmond at 239.989.5716 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org

About the Organizer

Wellfit Girls (www.wellfitgirls.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Southwest Florida. The mission of Wellfit Girls is to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Wellfit Girls. For more information visit www.wellfitgirls.org.

If you have any questions, please call Rio DeArmond at 239.989.5716 or email her at rio@wellfitgirls.org

About the Venue

Chef Brian Roland and his wife, Nicole, launched Venue Naples in early 2017. The customizable, multi-use event destination and art galary is unique to Naples. Venue Naples (www.venuenaples.com) can accomodate various events, such as weddings, birthdays, corporate events, holiday parties, Bar Mitzvahs and more, and houses The Gallery of Amazing Things (www.galleryamazing.com), an art gallery based out of Dania Beach that showcases monthly exhibits of unique art, decor and antiques available for purchase. Chef Roland's company is Crave Culinaire (www.craveculinaire.com)

Media Requests

For media requests, please contact: Colby Hazewinkel at colby@wellfitgirls.org or 239.529.0366.

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