News

Actor Samuel Johnson to unicylce 15,000km for world record

BIG TRIP: Samuel Johnson is unicycling 15,000km to raise $1 million for breast cancer research.
BIG TRIP: Samuel Johnson is unicycling 15,000km to raise $1 million for breast cancer research. Katie Cameron

AT A breakneck speed of 15 kilometres an hour, Aussie actor Samuel Johnson is making a difference.

He is unicycling 15,000km across Australia to set a new Guinness World Record, raise $1 million and spread his sister's message of breast cancer awareness.

Samuel cycled through Warwick yesterday and caught up with the Daily News on how his journey is going.

"My average speed (on the uni

cycle) is about 15 kilometres per hour," he said.

"My max speed is 28 kilometres per hour, but that is unsustainable longer than 50 metres.

"I take a break every two hours, which is about every 30 kilometres."

His sister Connie, who has fought cancer three times in her life and is battling with the disease again, is the whole reason behind Samuel's trip.

"When the going gets tough, I think about my sister who has it much worse than I do," he said.

"I imagine her at the finish line and it is a powerful motivator."

Samuel drinks between 5 to 10 litres of water per day depending on the climate, and has gone through two tyres, 35 tubes and 11,421 kilometres.

He has raised $932,246 so far and said the whole trip will take him about 18 months.

"It takes about 15 hours of solid practice to learn how to ride a unicycle," he said.

"It's quite a bit of getting used to."

Samuel said he was overwhelmed at the amount of support from local communities.

"Australia has very warm and generous people," he said.

"There's a very strong sense of community."

Surprisingly, Samuel said one of the most difficult things to deal with on his trip was food.

"I have to eat as much as possible," he said. "It's fuel for my body, but I'm so sick of tucking in all the time."

Visit http://www.loveyoursister.org.

Topics:  breast cancer, charity, fundraising, guiness book of records, samuel johnson




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Bootcamp raises funds for brave Warwick champ

Nathaniel Messina and Lucy Coghlan give Lachlan Coghlan a hand to participate in the tyre challenge, with Tanya Coghlan and Scott Jacobsen at the Bootcamp for Local Champ Fundraiser for Lachlan Coghlan at Australiana Park on Saturday, June 25.

Organiser matches donations for Lachlan Coghlan

Special honour for Florence on her 100th birthday

A GRAND LIFE: Florence Slattery celebrates after cutting her 100th birthday cake on Saturday.

Florence Slattery celebrates her 100th birthday win family, friends

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"