Warwick students taught how to save Mum's life
DANCING with the Stars finalist Samuel Johnson has a "cheeky message” for Scots PGC students that may just save their mums' lives.
"I encourage kids to remind their mums to check their boobs,” he said with a chuckle.
"It turns out parents listen to their kids.
"I've had countless letters from parents that found cancer early because their kids hassled them.”
Mr Johnson said the Warwick school was the next stop on a nationwide tour that had him feeling welcomed like family in regional towns.
"I've heard there's good people there,” he said.
"I'm really grateful to the locals for the invitation.
"It makes my heart twist and pop and smile and break.”
Through their charity, Love your Sister, Mr Johnson and his sister Connie aimed to raise 10 million dollars for medical research and "give cancer the old heave-ho”.
Now only $600,000 away from their goal, Mr Johnson packed up his campervan and began a nationwide tour to educate, spread awareness and "find that last magic dollar”.
Students at Scots PGC College are ready to help Mr Johnson fulfil his sister's dying wish.
Parents, teachers and students are encouraged to attend a special assembly on Friday at 10am to raise funds through merchandise sales and gold coin donations.
Attendees are asked to dress in pink to show support for breast cancer research.
Scots College marketing officer Helen Bohm said the children would get a lot out of the hour-long assembly Mr Johnson was hosting.
"Samuel is a raw and emotional type of person so it will be great for them to see that side of him,” she said.
"His message will strike a chord with some of the kids and they'll be able to put themselves in his predicament.”
Scots student Lachlan Naughten said he was looking forward to hearing Mr Johnson's story.
"I'm excited to just listen to him talk about cancer research,” he said.
The would-be tap dancer and philanthropist said he hoped he could provide a laugh for people who were experiencing the emotional turmoil of having a loved one diagnosed.
"We're not an overly earnest mob,” he said.
"I just try and give people an opportunity to turn a real negative into a genuine positive.”
Residents wishing to support Mr Johnson will be able to visit him and his campervan at locations posted on the Love your Sister Facebook page.