21 January 2013

[Video] Samuel Johnson chats about Love Your Sister


 
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.
For more information, updates on Samuel's unicycle journey and to donate, visit Love Your Sister's website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


17 comments:

  1. Love this guy. I've never met him but have always admired his work. He always seems to be such a kind hearted, generous, friendly soul.

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  2. Thanks for promoting this cause. It's heartbreaking yet so inspiring. Samuel is an amazing human being (and talented) and a bit of a hottie to boot!

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    1. Hi Lynnie :) I was very moved by hearing Sam talk about Connie. He is very talented and lovely, as you say ;)

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  3. Samual seems so kind and has had such sadness in his life. Always seems so positive what a wonderful cause!

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    1. So positive and kind. Everyone can learn from him.

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  4. Thankyou so much for promoting Sam's vunture... hopefully connie's legacy will be a long lasting one... love them both....

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  5. Thankyou so much for promoting Sam's vunture... hopefully connie's legacy will be a long lasting one... love them both....

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  6. Fabulous interview, Carly. Thanks for getting behind such a great cause and SJ rox!

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    1. Thanks Michele - its a very worthy cause. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Beautiful interview, Beautiful cause - will sing it from the rootops. Tough topic. Will donate now. xx

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  8. Great post Carly and really good interview :-) I'll be getting behind the cause :)

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    1. Thanks Carli! I was nervous about doing the interview, more so the camera work than the questions, but it turned out ok! And yes, fantastic cause :)

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  9. I really appreciate this man. Though this is sad situation for his sister I truly see and feel how he loves her dying sister. I'm touched while reading this story.

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  10. Absolutely love Samuel! Had the extreme pleasure of meeting him this year in Canberra - a truly wonderful Australian and beautiful brother to Connie!

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