Love Your Sister cancer charity gets thousands from Girls Night Out

Ballarat’s women were able to kick up their heels for cancer research on Thursday, as horses kicked up their hooves.

More than 400 women attended the annual Girls Night Out at the Ballarat and District Trotting Track, with $15,000 raised for charity Love Your Sister. 

Ambassador Samuel Johnson started the charity with his late sister Connie in 2012 after she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. On Thursday night, he took to the sulky to ride pony Miles home to victory as part of the night’s fundraising festivities. 

On the trot: Love Your Sister ambassador Samuel Johnson gets up close and personal with pony Miles at the 2018 Girls Night Out. Picture: Kate Healy

On the trot: Love Your Sister ambassador Samuel Johnson gets up close and personal with pony Miles at the 2018 Girls Night Out. Picture: Kate Healy

“We’ve enjoyed little to no large-scale corporate or government support, we’re a traditional grassroots outfit and we do our work face-to-face the way it counts,” Mr Johnson said. 

“My sister was always hell bent on sharing our story face-to-face … events like these are so important, without it we don’t exist.

“On my sister’s life, please check your bits in shower, I can’t say it enough and I’ll keep saying it until I can’t.”

Love Your Sister has raised more than $7 million.