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Founder Vas Comblas


Founder's  Story

After years of being just a wonderful concept, Thunderbolt Events was officially established in 2021 by our Founder Vas Comblas, under the Thunderbolt Events banner and the inaugural event is the Thunderbolt Run.


"What is the Thunderbolt Run and why did Vas create this incredible event?"

Vas’s dream was to bring likeminded people together and embark on an awe-inspiring life altering experience which will create bonds and lifelong friendships with fellow entrants, plus of course a little “friendly rivalry” while raising much needed funds for our chosen charity.

"The idea of Thunderbolt Run"

Imagine driving your vehicle on this fun banter friendly  five day road trip, while being part of a cavalcade of exotic and high-performance cars driving some of Australia's most exciting roads knowing that you are helping raise awareness and much needed funds for a wonderful charity.

For the 2022 Thunderbolt Run Vas has chosen to bring awareness to mental health, by supporting Beyond Blue.


"Mental health conditions have always been very close to Vas’s heart since losing a very dear and close friend to depression.

The hardest part for Vas was wishing he could have done more and why didn’t he see the signs. He struggled to deal with the guilt of not knowing more about this horrible, silent illness. 

This is when Vas decided to educate himself on the signs of mental health conditions and to help everyone he came across from that moment on. Vas opened 14 clinics across Australia and employed Exercise Physiologists to assist him in looking after 240 plus Returned Ex-Service Men and Women with issues ranging from knee reconstructions, shoulder injuries, general well being, fitness as well as those suffering from anxiety and depression (PTSD).

After reading an article in The Guardian, Vas was horrified to learn that due to COVID 19 one in five Australians report high levels of psychological distress and helplessness. It was then that Vas decided enough was enough and it was time to try and make a difference in other people’s lives even further -  this was why The Thunderbolt Run was born.

Vas has chosen Beyond Blue as The Thunderbolt Run’s 2022 chosen charity and will donate $1000.00 for each participating vehicle to this great charity."

Event Charity of Choice 2022 - "BEYOND BLUE"

Beyond Blue works with the community to improve mental health and prevent suicide, so that all people in Australia can achieve their best possible mental health. They provide information as well as support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health - whatever their age and where ever they live. 


Beyond Blue works to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, reducing the stigma surrounding these issues and to encourage people to seek support when they need it.


With 3 million Australians living with anxiety or depression - and this number is increasing due to COVID 19 - the support Thunderbolt Run Event can provide Beyond Blue will assist them improve their services and save lives."