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Crowds gathered outside the Bendigo Bank in Main Street Mornington on Thursday to support Samuel Johnson, a unicyclist, cycling around Australia to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness. The motivation behind his campaign ‘Love you Sister’ came from his sister Connie who is battling cancer.

Sam set his own challenge to raise $1m for the cause and to date has raised over $855,000. He is also aiming to break the Guinness World Record of the longest unicycle ride totalling 15,000 km and has already rode over 10,000 km.

Many watched Sam perform tricks on various ‘circus’ bicycles, tricycles and his own infamous unicycle and the Mornington Secondary College Victoria Police Youth Drum Corps showed their drumming skills as part of the entertainment. A local Rotary Club provided a sausage sizzle.

Kerry Debernardi, Mornington Branch Manager said, “We are proud as a community to support Sam and his wonderful cause and on Thursday 17 October we have organised a Dinner & Auction night at Restaurant Soy to help raise funds.”

Sam will complete his ride on 13 February 2014 at Federation Square where he began his campaign a year ago.

Go Sam! What an amazing achievement for a local boy who attended Mornington High School with sister Connie.

Donations can be made through the Bendigo Bank Mornington Branch or go to website loveyoursister.org. There is also great ‘Love your Sister’ merchandise to purchase online.

The ‘Dinner & Auction Night’ on Thursday 17 October at Restaurant Soy, Mornington offers a 2 course meal, drink on arrival and prizes at a cost of $50 per person. To purchase tickets visit Bendigo Bank at 85 Main Street, Mornington or call 5975 4477.

Listen to RPP FM Breakfast with Johnno & Marzy this Monday, 7 October for a replay of Marzy interviewing Samuel Johnson, his support road team and others and get a taste of the action and excitement surrounding this great event.

Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi

Pictured: Samuel Johnson and his unicycle capturing the excitement of the day for the ‘Love your Sister’ campaign with Mornington Secondary College Victoria Police Youth Drum Corps and a banner Mornington S.C. students made.