Actor Samuel Johnson is in the middle of no ordinary bike ride.By John Lewis
You would think riding 10
But not actor Samuel Johnson.
He still has 5000
Mind you, Mr Johnson has a big reason to keep going — his sister Connie is dying of breast cancer.
Mr Johnson was in Shepparton yesterday to perform alongside veteran Aussie actor Max Gillies in the play The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell at Mooroopna’s WestSide Performing Arts Centre.
Mr Johnson, best known for his roles on The Secret Life of Us, Crackerjack, Underbelly II and Rush, was set a challenge by his sister.
‘‘It started as a joke in the kitchen. It turned into a promise,’’ he said.
His goal is to beat the Guinness World Record of 14
He has been on the road since February, unicycling between acting commitments and spreading the cancer awareness message with his Love Your Sister campaign bus and small support team.
After unicycling 10
He said Connie had fought different cancers twice before, but she had breast cancer that has spread to her lungs, liver, pelvis, spine and knee.
The mother of two young children, 36, had a life expectancy of between six and 12 months.
‘‘My mission is to remind young mums to stay breast aware — don’t fall into the booby trap,’’ he said.
His travels have taken him across the Top End, where he was challenged to eat a live huntsman for a $500 campaign donation.
He said it tasted like a mixture of fur, pus and glass.
‘‘It was traumatic to say the least,’’ he said.
He said the roughest part of the journey so far was the outback Oodnadatta Track.
‘‘That was 624
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