Melbourne’s Federation Square will be bursting with love a day before Valentine’s Day today (Thursday 13 February) as actor Samuel Johnson finishes his epic unicycle ride around Australia after 364 days on the road, telling stories about his sister Connie’s brave journey and raising money for cancer research along the way.
These two amazing siblings have conquered more than they set out to achieve raising $1.3 million dollars for the Garvan Research Institute, raising awareness of the disease that’s killing Connie and breaking a world record for the longest journey on a unicycle, clocking up 15,995km.
Connie has fought cancer three times in her life and Samuel has been with her every step of the way. This time things are different: Connie is dying.
Faced with the fight of her life, she set Samuel the toughest challenge she could think of. It started as a joke in the kitchen but turned into a promise.
Samuel set out almost a year ago to the day on 15 February from Melbourne and his journey took him all over Australia including across the Nullarbor, up to Broome and to the Gold Coast.
Connie is continuing to work with her oncology team to prolong her life as she battles with this terminal illness. She – together with Guy Pearce, Claudia Karvan, Molly Meldrum, Deb Mailman, Cathy Freeman, Jo Stanley and Michala Banas – will be in Federation Square to welcome home Samuel from 11.45am today.
And Love Your Sister does not end here – Samuel is angrier than ever about breast cancer and has vowed to continue keeping the “breast aware” message alive, not quitting until a cure is found.
For more information or to donate visit www.loveyoursister.org
Today’s event: Federation Square, Melbourne
13 February from 11:45am