Please note this event has since been cancelled: Stella Network cancel Turia Pitt event
A FORMER model and mining engineer who suffered severe and disfiguring burns when she was trapped by a grassfire during a marathon will share her inspirational story with Lismore businesswomen.
Turia Pitt was taking part in a 100km ultra-marathon in Western Australia when she and three other people were trapped in a gorge by a grass fire in September, 2011.
All four were burned in the fire. Ms Pitt, then 24, and Kate Sanderson, then 34, were hit worst and Ms Pitt suffered burns to 65% of her body.
Ms Pitt, who now also works as a motivational speaker and author, will be the main speaker at an event organised by the Stella Network in Lismore.
Executive member of The Stella Network and owner of Cake Marketing, Katie O'Rourke, said once they knew Ms Pitt was available the committee agreed on inviting her unanimously.
"We know our Stellas are about business, but what makes the organisation and its members special is the social element and our unwavering support of each other," Ms Rourke said.
"The best response we have had to our local guest speakers has been one with a powerful story, ones with heart.
"The Stella Network is a not-for-profit organisation and the next step is to find companies that want to partner with us and bring the event to life," Ms Rourke said.
Turia Pitt was born on the tropical island of Tahiti. Her family migrated to Australia when she was three and ended up on the South Coast of New South Wales.
Turia studied at the University of New South Wales, where she earned a double degree with honours in Mining Engineering and Science.
She worked as a model before landing her dream job with Rio Tinto at their prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine and moving to Kununurra with her partner Michael.
Since the fire, Michael and Turia Pitt now live in the coastal community of Ulladulla, surrounded by friends and family.
She spends her time training for an Iron Man event, doing yoga, studying for an MBA and travelling the world giving motivational speeches.
Interplast is one of the charities she supports, as it provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries.
BE PART OF IT
Turia Pitt's event will take place on Friday, August 21, and tickets will go on sale in May.
If your business would like to find out more about being involved in this event contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the Partnership Prospectus.