The following words were used in Women’s Weekly to describe this amazing lady: “bold and beautiful”, “inspired” and “profound”.
Turia Pitt is an inspiration to us all. She has been named Cosmopolitan’s “Woman of the Year” for 2013, short-listed for this years “Young Australian of the Year” and the winner of the recent NSW “Woman of the Year” awards. She is a philanthropist, burns survivor, motivational speaker, published author and most importantly, an inspiration to us all.
Her life was turned upside down in September 2011, when she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon. She suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body. Doctors gave her the only slimmest chances of survival. She ended up spending 864 days in hospital, enduring more than 100 surgeries, had fingers amputated and had to learn to walk again. This would have been enough for all of us to give up, however, Turia fought through the odds, having to learn to walk and talk again.
Turia has described what got her through in the following words: “For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty. There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don’t have the confidence, and that’s what gets you over the line.” Confidence and also knowing your own strength; something she says she discovered through dealing with her injuries.
This woman is truly an inspiration to us all and I am so delighted to have her speak at the National EA & PA Convention where she will talk about “Unmasking your potential”.
For more information on Turia, please visit www.turiapitt.com