SAMUEL Johnson has wrapped up two successful events in the Geelong area as part of his cancer charity Love Your Sister’s fundraising campaign, raising over $50,000 for cancer research.

During a Friday night talk show at Torquay Surf Life Saving Club and a day of family fun at Geelong Racing Club on Sunday afternoon, the 2018 Australian of the Year shed light on the emotional challenges and triumphs over her training journey from the Love Your Sister charity with her late sister Connie and shared funny stories and memories of her showbiz career.

At both events, Johnson encouraged individuals and companies to join him in his commitment to improving access to lifesaving precision medicine for all cancer patients, regardless of income or location. residence.

Samuel Johnson with Grovedale Brigade firefighters.

“Fundraising at both events was absolutely crazy with over $50,000 raised by the Geelong District community,” Johnson said.

“We sold out the event in Torquay on Friday night and then 2,000 people showed up for the family fun day at Geelong Racing Club on Sunday.

“I am absolutely speechless and still pulsating with the support of the local community and it was great to see the kids and parents so happy.”

The Torquay SLSC event was an instant classic, Johnson said, with lots of laughs and good times among the sold-out crowd of 150.

It was a packed house for Friday’s event at Torquay SLSC. Photos: PROVIDED

On Sunday, Johnson and his charity teamed up with Geelong-based sports and wellness educator Proactivity for the family fun day, but the main highlight for the kids was a full ninja warrior course, which had a massive queue all day.

Johnson was joined by one of TV’s Ninja Warriors to attempt the best time on the challenging course.

The former Gold Logie winner was delighted to finish just eight seconds behind the professional ninja, but admitted he may have cheated.

The signature scavenger hunt that Johnson always does with the kids on his family fun days was also a hit.

Johnson and the dancers holding the mirror ball trophy from Johnson’s Dancing with the Stars win.

Johnson singled out the Colac community and the Colac Auto Wreckers for their tremendous level of support.

“A large portion of the raffle items came from Colac and many local businesses got on board,” he said.

“For the very first time, we raffled off a car, thanks to the Colac Auto Wreckers.

“The auction actually exceeded the real market price of the car and all funds raised went directly to our charity.

“They also donated $6,000 and ran the raffle booth all day.

“I can’t thank them enough for their support; it left us all speechless at Love Your Sister.

Donate to Love Your Sister by visiting loveyoursister.org