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Samuel Johnson Named Victorian Australian Of The Year

Actor and cancer research fundraiser Samuel Johnson has been named Victorian Australian of the year in an emotional ceremony.

This award comes after his sister Connie passed away from cancer in September after a long and heartbreaking battle with the disease.

"Connie and I always liked turning negatives into positives," he struggled to say while accepting the award.

"I've got some plans that I'm working on and I'm trying to uphold my sister's legacy."

Johnson said that he would remain on a break from the acting world in order to focus on supporting cancer research.

Connie and Samuel co-founded the charity Love Your Sister and Johnson himself raised $1.4 million for the Garvan Research Foundation after riding over 15,000km around Australia on a unicycle.

This win will make Johnson a candidate for the national title of Australian of the Year in January.

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