IN his first fundraising gig since his beloved sister Connie’s death to cancer, Samuel Johnson is headed back to Howlong.
Johnson will be the guest speaker at the sold-out Howlong Girls Night on Saturday for the second time.
He said Love Your Sister – the charity he founded with Connie who died from breast cancer on September 8 – had a policy to never do fundraising events twice.
"We only do things twice if it means the world to us," he said.
"Howlong treats the cancer conundrum as seriously and as playfully as we do.
"Some fundraisers are too serious for me; I don't see why you can't have fun too and that's why I'm coming back.
"It would have been rude to say no after the fun I had last year!"
The self-appointed Cancer Vanquisher said he would not stop raising money for cancer research until a cure was found.
“50,000 Australian families are going to lose someone to cancer this year,” Johnson said.
“My family is just one of them.
“This is terrorising families by the tens of thousands and it’s got to stop.”
Johnson has donated for auction at Howlong Golf Resort his second last limited edition print of Anh Do’s portrait of him, done on Brush With Fame which screened on ABC in July.
Stoked to be asked on the show, Johnson said the original artwork and prints had raised $85,000 for cancer research.
“Maybe we can push it out to $86,000 at Howlong!” he quipped.
Love Your Sister has already raised more than $7 million towards an original target of $10 million.
The Gold Logie winner for his role in Molly – his last acting job before focusing on his charity – Johnson said he expected the tally to reach $10 million by Christmas.
“Then we’re going to get serious about fundraising!” he said.
The Howlong auction features among 20 items James and Co and Jones Winery wine; Gould Swim Academy vouchers; a family pass to a Gold Coast Suns match; and a yoga class for 10 people at a location of your choice.
People not attending the event can still bid on the auction. Email your best bid by 1pm Saturday to HowlongGirlsNight@mail.com along with your name, address and contact details.
Pre-order Connie Cottonsocks and Sammy Seal socks now at Love Your Sister.