Popular Australian actor Samuel Johnson will be special guest at Orange Public School assembly on Friday as he continues an ambitious bid to ride around Australia on a unicycle.
Mr Johnson, who has starred in Australian shows such as A Secret Life of Us and Rush, has gained inspiration for the ride from his sister Connie, who’s suffering from breast cancer.
He hopes to raise more than $1 million and awareness of the disease that’s killing his sister, while breaking the Guinness world record for the longest ride on a unicycle.
The event, called Love Your Sister, is sponsored by Bendigo Bank and they’ll put on Friday’s festivities for the students at Orange Public School, which includes pink sausages sandwiches.
Orange branch manager Jodie Green paid tribute to Mr Johnson who she says is a great role model for the students.
“What Sam is doing is extraordinary. He’s about half way through his 15,000 kilometre journey and you can’t help but feel inspired by people who find something they believe in and exert a lot of time and energy assisting others,” she said.
“From what I understand the Johnson family are preparing to lose Connie and it’s marvellous that they’re doing everything they can to ensure other families don’t have to face the battles they have faced.”
Orange Public School was delighted to be part of the Love Your Sister event, because Mrs Green said the principal Toni MacDonald had a strong focus on random acts of kindness.
“The kids have all been asked to dress up in pink and make a gold coin donation to breast cancer research and it’s wonderful we can get them involved,” she said.
After being in Orange, Mr Johnson will then ride his unicycle a further 100 kilometres to Wellington. For further information on Mr Johnson’s ride visit Love Your Sister on Facebook.