Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
Internationally renowned South Australian adventurer, Duncan Chessell, is putting his heart where his hiking boots are.

The multiple conqueror of Mt Everest – the world’s highest mountain - and elite Adelaide-based adventurer has volunteered his time to lead the Path to Vision Trek, a 60km fundraising trek along a picturesque section of the State’s famous Heysen Trail for visionary local business leaders.

The five-star trek is the brainchild of young businesswomen Samantha Badcock and Samone Wear, who are raising funds for South Australia’s Royal Society for the Blind (RSB), as part of the in-business Young Business Leaders (YBL) Program.

The pair hopes to raise $20,000 for the RSB from the three-day, two night expedition taking place from 27-29 November 2009.

But this is no ordinary trek.

Each night, trekkers will unwind with “themed” gourmet-food nights; premium Barossa Valley wines, professional massages, as well as camp-site stories about Duncan's global adventures!

A highlight of one of the evenings will be "Opera Under the Night Sky” – a night of entertainment from local Soprano extraordinaire, and former semi-finalist in popular television series, Australia’s Got Talent, Grace Bawden, who has been described as one of Australia's greatest operatic discoveries.

“We are hoping this trek will be like no other seen before in South Australia – a once-in-a-lifetime, five-star treat for those who take part,” said Samantha, an executive recruitment specialist.

“We have really been amazed at the strong show of support for such a fantastic organisation like the RSB,” she said.

“Hamra Group has already rallied behind the cause representing South Australia’s community-minded spirit by contributing $10,000 to the cause – which is just superb,” she said.

“Many other local businesses have also joined with this philanthropic spirit which has enabled this trek to be a ‘five star’ camping adventure that we hope will make its mark on people’s ‘must do’ events calendar for years to come.”

Samantha also features in the upcoming book Lounge to Boardroom, a collection of inspirational photographs and stories about the women who make SA great.

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the Young Business Leaders Program

The YBL program provides professional and personal leadership development through intensive training and practical application.

The ten-month awards program is open to motivated individuals who are keen to challenge themselves, and gain invaluable experience, knowledge and skills.

“The YBL program is a means by which young professionals can enhance their connectivity, develop leadership skills and inspire others to contribute to community initiatives,” said Samantha Badcock.

“Through my involvement in the YBL program, I have evolved to see leadership as a vehicle to empower others to reach their full potential. I’m particularly passionate about what South Australia has to offer and the more South Australians that are empowered to do great things, the more SA will benefit as a whole, retaining and expanding on the talent we have here. The reason the YBL program is so successful is that it taps into the entrepreneurial spirit of young people right here in SA, driving creativity and enterprise."

Samantha Badcock
(0400) 709 206

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Picture caption, left to right: Path to Vision Trek's Samone Weare, Grace Bawden, Samantha Badcock

Samantha Badcock
P: 0400 709 206


Two young businesswomen have put together this five star charity trek led by Duncan Chessell and including entertainment by opera singer Grace Bawden.



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