By Jordyn Grubisic
CHARITY organisation Love Your Sister is again travelling nationwide to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research with stops planned for Seymour, Nagambie and Tallarook.
The organisation was founded by Connie Johnson and her brother, Gold Logie winning actor Samuel Johnson.
Ms Johnson dared Sam to unicycle around Australia in the face of her terminal diagnosis of breast cancer to remind women to get their breasts examined.
Mr Johnson will bring the ‘On the Road Again’ tour to his home town of Tallarook following stops in Seymour and Nagambie.
The first will be a market pop-up at O’Keefe’s IGA Seymour on December 9, followed by a world-record breast-check at Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre on December 14; and then stopping at Tallarook Hotel on December 15.
The pop-up market in Seymour will provide the opportunity for people to take a picture with Mr Johnson and his Mirrorball trophy, which he won in television series Dancing with the Stars, and his Gold Logie.
The organisation “Go Check” will attempt to break the world record for communal simultaneous self-examination breast checks at Nagambie with all registration fees being donated directly to Love Your Sister.
Tallarook Hotel owner Adam Knight said they have been keen to host an event for Love Your Sister because Mr Johnson lived in Tallarook.
“Sam regularly enjoys the pub with the Love Your Sister team and locals and we couldn’t think of a better way to support a local legend and his amazing charitable cause,” Mr Knight said.
“His ‘On the Road Again’ tour presented the perfect opportunity to contribute to a cause that impacts everyone in society in some way.
“Tallarook is a small, but very community-conscious town and we’re thrilled to be the last stop for 2019, for Sam and his Love Your Sister crew.”
Mr Johnson is spending two years travelling the country in a motorhome promoting the issue of personalised medicine for all Australian cancer patients.
The Tallarook Hotel event will host a fundraising day that will include live auctions, silent auctions, live music and raffles.
“Our aim is to raise as much as possible to support Sam’s cause and have some fun while we’re at it,” Mr Knight said.
Mr Johnson said Australia had the best results for breast cancer clinical trials in the world.
“Cancer is the last true riddle of our times and we know that it can be solved only with hard science,” Mr Johnson’s statement said.
“Despite federal funding remaining static for a decade, Australia still boasts the best clinical results for breast cancer in the whole world.
“We are the best with the least. Imagine what we could do with more?”
Mr Johnson has raised $10 million having campaigned at more than 800 community events.
All events are available to sign up for or purchase tickets to on Facebook.
Dates, times and locations of events are also available at www.loveyoursister.org/on-the-road-again.