Samuel Johnson’s emotional appearance on The Project last night came just hours after he farewelled his beloved sister Connie, at a funeral service in Canberra.
And the Australian actor has since revealed that it was thanks to the good will of an anonymous stranger that he was able to fly to Melbourne in time for the show.
Posting a photo of himself on his and Connie’s charity Facebook page Love Your Sister, Sam said: “Thanks to the anonymous rich person who got me from Con's service to The Project in time. Tune in now to see my gorgeous Connie Cottonsocks remembered.”
Sam had wanted to make the broadcast to promote a line of socks designed by his sister to help raise money for a cure for cancer.
The siblings have already raised more than $7 million for cancer research, but Sam vowed on The Project that he’s determined to step it up further so other families don’t have to suffer through the same loss.
“I’ve realised this isn’t the end, I’ve realised this is just the beginning,” he said.
“She [Connie] was training her little brother up to do her work when she was gone and I’m ready for that.”
He told the show that he not only considers himself the “chief custodian” of Connie’s legacy to fight breast cancer, but also the “head of cancer vanquishment” in the country.
“I will accelerate the push for a cure… I’m not going to stop,” he said.
Mother-of-two Connie was just 39 went she lost her long battle with breast cancer on September 8. Sam revealed that they spent their final half hour together laughing before she “fell asleep and never woke up”.
In a Facebook post, Sam explained that he wanted to unveil his and Connie’s socks on The Project after co-host Carrie Bickmore released her range of beanies to fight brain cancer in honour of her late husband who died of the disease.
“Seeing as Carrie has the whole Beanie thing covered, we thought we'd bung out some 'Connie Cottonsocks' and try and cover this cancer conundrum from head to toe,” he wrote.
“Connie doesn't have any use for your sentiment now. If she wanted anyone to take anything from her life, it was to highlight the importance of medical research. And we all need socks right?
“In the name of my dear gone sister, I'm asking. Please buy some socks and then maybe we can share the absolute bejesus out of this post and turbocharge our push for a cure, so families need not continue to endure the baseless trauma that cancer so cruelly provides.
“I want my sister back but seeing as that's not going to happen, I might as well sell some f**king socks so that other families don't have to go through this pain.”
A public service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on September 23 to celebrate Connie’s life.