Last night, actor Samuel Johnson received the highly coveted, Gold Logie for Best Personality on Australian television at the national TV Week Logie Awards.
Johnson (originally of Secret Life of Us fame) also won the silver Logie for Best Actor for his portrayal of Australian music industry tycoon, Molly Meldrum in the TV mini-series Molly.
Johnson dedicated his first award to his sister Connie, who is terminally ill with breast cancer. Connie has undergone 11 years of chemotherapy and has recently decided to discontinue treatment.
Last year Johnson announced he would be retiring from acting in order to help raise funds to fight breast cancer, through the charity Love Your Sister, which he established with Connie. Since then, over $4 million has been raised through fundraising efforts that included Johnson uni-cycling around Australia.
In accepting his award, Johnson told how Connie’s “Big Heart Project”, which is another fundraising effort that hopes to break the world record for the number of coins in a row. “My sister is succumbing finally to the perils of cancer after a three decade long tussle, and rather than rolling over, she’s going out blazing with an attempted world record for the longest line of coins, absurdly,” said an emotional Johnson.
“On behalf of my beautiful sister Connie, who I dedicate this award to, I would like to urge any family watching affected by cancer or not, to join us in our quest to keep our families safe from the terrors of cancer,” said an impassioned Johnson, before signing off with. “I love you Connie, I love you.”
To find out how you can help, visit www.loveyoursister.org