23 March 2016 Current Affairs: From Natasha Chaku Melbourne, Mar 22 (PTI) An Australian marathon runner will embark on a 76-day-long-run from Jaisalmer to Meghalaya in August to raise funds for the education initiatives in India.Samantha Gash, a corporate lawyer by profession, who is now an athlete, said "my mind and heart is determined to finish the physical and mental challenge that is 'Run India'.She has run through some of the most extreme and in hospitable locations from deserts in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica, to mountains of Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa and India.Her Indian challenge would include not a direct run from West to East India but would also include other parts to visit World Vision development programmes in Pauri and Darjeeling.Samantha said that she was fascinated with India after her 2011 trip when she ran non stop for a 222 kms in Leh.Samantha would be accompanied by her crew of Indians, a Britisher and an American who join her during sections of the run.On January 26, another Australian marathon runner,Pat Farmer commenced on his South to North India run in a bid to promote ties between the two sides and encourage tourism and people-to-people contact.With an aim to create awareness about India as a "must experience" destination for travellers from Australia, Farmer also would raise funds for the cause of the education of the girl child through this run, which began in Kanyakumari.He would be finishing the run in Srinagar on March 30.
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