Love Your Sister's Samuel Johnson is on his way to Kingaroy
KINGAROY'S Vanessa Watt knows what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer, and every day in her hairdressing salon she hears how the disease has impacted the lives of those in the South Burnett community.
So when she heard Australian Samuel Johnson was touring Australia to raise funds for his charity Love Your Sister, she reached out on a whim, hoping he could visit Kingaroy.
To her surprise Ms Watt got a response, and next Monday, Johnson - Aussie actor and Gold Logie winner, Dancing with the Stars winner and Medal of the Order of Australia winner - will be at the Commercial Hotel for a fundraising dinner and chat.
"It means a lot to me because I am close to the cause, having lost my stepmother to breast cancer nine years ago," Ms Watt said.
"I am so excited because it is going to be such a big event with what we have planned."
Ms Watt knows cancer is a silent killer - her stepmother's cancer was found too late. Now she hopes the dinner fundraiser can help raise awareness to save the lives of others.
"You need to get yourself checked regularly because you never know when it might happen," she said.
"I hope we can show Sam what Kingaroy is made of and put Kingaroy on the map."
Eighty tickets to the event were sold in just one day, and an extra 40 tickets are expected to sell out quickly.
Local businesses have donated prizes for the event, and all funds raised will be donated to Love Your Sister, the charity Johnson started with his sister Connie, who later died after a long battle with cancer.
"Having a salon in town, I hear about cancer from nearly every second person that comes in," Ms Watt said.
"There are a lot of people that know someone who has cancer, and raising awareness of cancer is something I am passionate about."
Johnson will also visit Toowoomba, Warwick and Gympie as part of his trip.