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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 918

Mr GOSLING (Solomon) (13:42): I rise to talk about the important work done by two fantastic not-for-profits, beyondblue and Love Your Sister. Firstly, beyondblue is an independent association working to address the issues associated with mental illness, including depression, anxiety disorders and related mental health disorders. Love Your Sister is another fantastic not-for-profit, working to promote early detection and improve survival rates for breast cancer sufferers. It was set up by Sam and Connie Johnson, following Connie's battle with cancer three times over the last six years. Some members of the House may know Sam Johnson as the actor who played Molly Meldrum in a recent telly series. Together, Sam and Connie started Love Your Sister with the aims of breaking the world record for the longest distance travelled on a unicycle around Australia; to raise $1 million for the Garvan Research Foundation; and, most importantly, to remind every woman to be breast aware and stop others having to say goodbye to those they love. In 2013, Sam raised $1.4 million for Love Your Sister, as he rode around Australia on a bike. Sam Johnson will be with Mel Yeates, who is travelling around Australia playing her guitar raising money for Love Your Sister and beyondblue, at a fundraiser tonight in my office. Everyone is welcome.