Actor and dying sister raise over $2.2m with five-cent coins
ACTOR Samuel Johnson and his sister Connie have now doubled their million dollar dream, raising more than $2.2 million with their Big Heart Project in Canberra yesterday.
After seven years of battling cancer, Connie - along with her Gold Logie-winning brother and their Love Your Sister community - have raised almost $5 million in the fight against cancer.
And with Connie's final big initiative, the Big Heart Project, their final tally was given a massive boost.
The project encouraged the public to help build a giant heart of 5 cent coins, at the Lyneham Netball Courts in Canberra. The Johnsons hoped to raise at least $1 million. By this morning, the big heart had hit a value of more than $2.2 million.
Appearing on the Today Show, Connie and Sam they were over the moon at how generous the Australian had been.
The pair both held back tears as they chatted to hosts Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic about their mammoth fundraising effort.
"My heart just burst with pride," Connie said. "I'm a bit speechless ... I just might pass out!"
"We might double down! The night's still early!" Samuel said excitedly. "If there is a chance ... we will double this down and make it a $2 million heart, which suits me. Cancer needs lots of millions!"
Connie said the support was "incredible"."I just love it! There is so much love here, so much passion. So much hope," she said.
Connie previously described the project to news.com.au as her "last hurrah". She stopped treatment for breast cancer in January and wants to spend her precious remaining days with her partner and two young boys Willoughby, 10, and Hamilton, nine.
"We have to vanquish this sucker quick-smart so our families can stay healthy," Samuel added on The Project. "Thanks for caring. This stuff is detonating itself in our families, by the thousands. I want to thank everybody who's donating and for recognising that."
Earlier in the evening, the brother and sister shared the project's achievement on Facebook, with Samuel asking users to "give this f*cker one last push" to $2 million.
By last night, the post had been liked more than 98,000 times.