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Love Your Sister: Charity Ride

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How far would you go for someone you love?
When you think of people raising money for charity, big epic bike rides come to mind. Running across continents. Climbing ridiculously high mountains. Even that dude who pushed a wheelbarrow across Australia.

Samuel and his sister Connie

How about a unicycle ride, around Australia?

Actor Samuel Johnson from The Secret Life of Us is determined to raise awareness and one million dollars for Breast Cancer, and he is going to do it on one wheel. While he is at it, he might even break the Guinness World Record.

And why is Samuel Johnson risking life, limb not to mention the potential effect on his manhood to complete this absurd task?

Because his sister Connie is dying.

Connie has fought cancer three times in her life, the first time at the age of 11. Now, at the age of 35 she has breast cancer and it has spread to her lungs, liver and spine.

Samuel made Connie a promise that he would do everything he could to raise awareness and to let everyone know that the key to survival is early detection. Early detection saved Connie's life twice, and now she is loving mum to two young boys.

Leaving Melbourne on February 15th, Samuel has planned a 15,000 kilometre route around the country. On the road he is prepared to undertake any ridiculous dare people come up with, as long as they are prepared to spread the word about Love Your Sister.

So far he has been dared to kiss another bloke, rode a bull dressed in a pink tutu and ate a live huntsman spider. There is nothing this man won't do for the cause. He really must love his sister. Although he is drawing the line at eating another live insect. Fair enough.

Breast cancer runs in my family. Early detection has saved the lives of my two aunts so I am 100% behind this amazing man and his epic journey.

Check out the website to see if Samuel and the Love Your Sister team will be in a part of Australia near you. If not, send him an email, dare him to do something, or donate some cash.

If you love your sister (or your Mum or daughter or best friend) mention this article to them.

Mention that early detection can save lives.

All money earned from this article will be sent to the Love Your Sister Charity.
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Why? because it is a fabulous cause
When: It will take about a year
Where: across Australia
Your Comment
I have been following the journey since it started. What can I say. Samuel Johnson is a great Australian to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
by Belinda Nolan-Price (score: 2|467) 3262 days ago
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