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Desert Runners Fundraising Film Screening

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Raising money for Freedom Runners & Save the Children
Desert Runners
Desert Runners - Fundraising Screening Flyer

On Monday 2 June, Samantha Gash of Freedom Runners will be hosting a special screening of "Desert Runners" at ACMI to raise awareness and funding to start a social enterprise business in South Africa in collaboration with Save the Children.

This social enterprise will employ a dozen women to make and sell re-usable sanitary pads at a vastly reduced price to help keep girls in school. It will also educate on subjects such as puberty, menstruation, safe sex & HIV.

More information on the project can be found through the Freedom Runners website.

Desert Runners is a documentary which follows Gash's 2010 journey to becoming not only the youngest person to take on the four desert ultra-marathon competition, but also being the first woman to do so.

Samantha Gash
Samantha Gash - Ultra-marathon Runner

Samantha has since gone on to run an additional 8 ultra-marathons (including a solo one across the Simpson Desert) and now, along with UK runner Mimi Anderson aims to run 2350km across South Africa's Freedom Trail in September & October 2014 to raise money for this amazing cause. To put this into context, this equates to two back-to-back marathons a day for 32 consecutive days.

All ticket sale proceeds from the evening go directly towards the charity and their overall goal of raising $50,000 to set up and run the social enterprise business for 1 year.

Desert Runners
Still from Desert Runners Movie

There will be door prizes up for grabs and the ability to hear from some amazing speakers such as Kemi Nekvapil from Kemi's Raw Kitchen & Raw Beauty Queen and the amazing Samantha herself.

Buying Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Getting There

Public Transport:
Getting to ACMI is easy. You can catch buses, trams or trains to Federation Square. Timetable information is available from Public Transport Victoria by calling 1800 800 007 or on their website.

By Car:
Public car parking is available at Federation Square and in Flinders Lane.

Unable to attend but wish to contribute?

If you are unable to make the event but still wish to donate, you can do so online here.

Of course, there are a number of other ways to get involved with this inspirational project. If you wish to get involved, contact Freedom Runners.
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When: Monday 2 June
Where: ACMI
Cost: $30 - all proceeds go to Save the Children
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