THE human spirit takes some people on amazing journeys.
Although amazing doesn’t quite cut it with Australian actor Samuel Johnson, who has travelled 10,200 kilometres on his pink unicycle around the country, raising money and awareness for breast cancer.
After receiving news that his sister was terminally ill with breast cancer, the man from Daylesford set off on a 15,000 kilometre journey on a unicycle with a goal to raise $1 million for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
“As long as this disease is around and killing people I will continue to raise funds,” Johnson said.
“The thought of giving up has never crossed my mind, as long as I can ride I will ride. I would have to be hit by a truck and be a quadriplegic to give up.”
Johnson said the trek had been life-changing and that he encountered the unexpected each day.
“Every day you never know what your going to come across. If it’s not a place that surprises you, it will be a person,” Johnson said.
“But I have noticed that it is the people with less that give more.”
The Secret Life of Us star said the greatest displays of generosity had come out of regional areas.
“Cities are very hard to penetrate. All our largest amounts have been raised in the regional and rural centres,” he said.
“There is a great sense of community in these areas.”
Johnson has taken a few pointers from Shane Crawford after he raised $1.3 million on the Tour de Crawf.
Last night, Johnson was joined by comedian Tom Gleeson at the Lake View Hotel for a fundraising event.
Johnson planned to arrive in Ballarat earlier in the day to paddle with the Dragons Abreast team around Lake Wendouree, but his flight was held up in Canberra due to storms, where his sister is in hospital.
Power FM's Julia Zass and Olympian Steve Moneghetti filled in, joining the team in the boat. Read about it here.
To donate or support Johnson’s campaign visit loveyoursister.org