Samuel Johnson, one of Australia’s most recognisable young actors and voice-over artists, is training eight to nine hours a day on a unicycle. He’s resting up where he can, even in steel circles in parks. Because in February, Samuel will embark on a trip around Australia on a unicycle. That’s 15,000 km over a year. He’s doing it for his sister Connie, who’s dying of breast cancer.
Samuel and Connie have set up the Love Your Sister charity to raise awareness about breast cancer and $1 Million for the Garvan Research Foundation and The Cancer Support Group. The unicycle trip is a challenge Connie set for Samuel as her legacy.
Samuel met me for a chat about Love Your Sister, Connie and the 36 inch wheel that will be getting him around Australia. While we kept our chat quite light, the reality of Connie’s terminal illness – and the many, many other cancer patients – is so very sad. It made me reflect on the people in my life who have been touched by cancer.
You can watch our chat below. Mum, Dad – I hope you are watching because I set Samuel a challenge that involves you and haggis…
I wanted to see Samuel in action, so he gave me a demo on his unicycle. There were some kids playing in the park and they were so excited to see him cycle.
Samuel has asked me to help him out with promoting Love Your Sister, so look out for some more updates of his journey. I’d love it if you got involved too – promoting and donating where you can. We all have women in our lives who can benefit from Samuel and Connie’s mission.