Samuel Johnson's wheely long ride for sister

SAMUEL Johnson can smile at the fact he ate a live huntsman spider and rode his unicycle off a 60-metre high platform while attached to a bungee cord.

“I did it for my sister,” he said.

The Daylesford-born actor arrived in Tallangatta yesterday as part of his campaign to unicycle 15,000 kilometres across Australia, and doing dares too.

Johnson, best known for his roles in The Secret Life of Us and Crackerjack, is doing it all for his sister Connie who has terminal breast cancer.

Early detection is the key to survival and Connie wants everyone to know it.

Since February last year, Johnson has pedalled 13,288 kilometres and raised $1.2 million for the Garvan Research Foundation.

“It’s something I thought might take half the determination and battle of a cancer diagnosis,” Johnson said.

He is also set to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey on a unicycle, which sits at more than 14,600 kilometres.

The Tallangatta community yesterday welcomed Johnson on his epic Love Your Sister journey.

Bravehearts on the Murray, a cancer support group, held a community fund-raiser where Johnson was taught to paddle one of their dragon boats.

Bravehearts dragon boat club co-ordinator Pauline Harbick was in awe of his journey.

“He’s done an amazing trip and Bravehearts are proud to support him,” she said.

Johnson’s journey will end on February 13 at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Donations can be made at giving.garvan.org.au/makeadonation.

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