Thursday, 6 November 2003
CanTeen LifeCycle fundraiser
Life is different when you love your job, so Samuel Johnson is trading in his role on The Secret Life of Us - for the next two months - to take on his biggest and most challenging job yet -The SEEK LifeCycle for CanTeen.
At 9:00am on Friday, October 24, Samuel will set off from the Randwick Hospitals Campus on none other than a unicycle for a 1000km tour between Sydney and Melbourne, fulfilling a promise that he made to CanTeen some 12 years ago.
Australia's peer-support organisation for young people - aged 12-24- living with cancer, Samuel became a member of CanTeen as a teenager after finding out that his older sister, Constance, who was 12 at the time, had been diagnosed with cancer.
'When I was about 13, I told CanTeen that I would ride a unicycle from Sorrento to Melbourne, that is 60kms,' said Samuel. 'The idea has evolved over the years!'
'There are plenty of people who have walked, ran and swam for charity but I wanted to do something different,' he said. 'I figured if I rode 1000kms on a unicycle people would notice me.'
The SEEK LifeCycle for CanTeen will see Samuel ride an average of 37kms per day between regional NSW, the ACT and regional VIC before crossing the finish line at Federation Square in Melbourne on November 25.
Coming along on the day to see him off, will be fellow celebrities Claudia Karvan, Michael Dorman, Deborah Mailman, Sybilla Budd, Steven Curry, Dylan Lewis, Conrad Coleby, Peter O'Brien, Jeremy Sims, Regina Bird and long-time CanTeen supporter, Andrew Denton.
'As well as raising much needed funds, the Seek LifeCycle also aims to educate the Australian community about CanTeen and recognise their role in Supporting, Developing and Empowering young people living with cancer,' says president of CanTeen, Dayna Swiatek.
'Samuel's efforts will bring CanTeen's vision of 'bringing together all young people living with cancer' to millions of Australians,' she said.
The SEEK LifeCycle for CanTeen will also coincide with National Bandanna Day, CanTeen's major annual fundraising event on Friday, October 31.
People from across Australia can support the SEEK LifeCycle for CanTeen by making a contribution by phone, website or by supporting one of the many fundraising events that will take place along the six-week journey.
All proceeds from the SEEK LifeCycle for Canteen will go towards funding for CanTeen's many peer support programs.
SEEK LifeCycle donation line: 1300 789 769
SEEK LifeCycle website: www.seek.com.au/canteenlifecycle
For further information contact: Erin Fisher
Synergy Sports Marketing and Management
Ph: 02 8920 1155 or 0402 309 995
For Further Information Contact:
Amy McIntosh, Public Affairs Officer Tel: 9382 3578 - Mob: 0411 730 842
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