A very merry fundraising effort among friends

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EVERYONE’S A WINNER: Sam Johnson (actor/cancer awareness advocate, fundraiser and all-round nice guy), Lauren Kneebone (Merry Marchers) and Kellie Adamo (Buyin’ Time) share a laugh about the ransomed dunny that will now be forwarded on to another unsuspecting victim. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

TIMING is everything they say, in fundraising as much as comedy, and for Kellie Adamo from Muntz Street restaurant Buyin’ Time, it was perfect on Friday.

The day before, those fundraising pranksters The Merry Marchers’ wandering toilet bowl turned up on her doorstep, demanding a payment before moving on.

The Merry Marchers, you may recall, is a team in this year’s Wangaratta Relay For Life who came up with the idea to ‘dump’ the toilet on people’s front lawns to raise awareness of bowel and prostate cancer.

It also raises money for Relay for Life by charging $10 to take the colourful bowl away, $20 to dump it at a friend’s place, or $30 toilet insurance to have it never return again.

It just so happened that popular actor Sam Johnson and his co-star in his latest play Sex With Strangers (Straightjacket Productions) Totti Goldsmith were visiting Kellie on Friday and appreciated the humorous and unique fundraising stunt.

Sam is well-known for his crusade to raise awareness and funds for cancer research after uni-cycling around Australia for his sister Connie who has breast cancer, raising $1.5 million for cancer research and capturing the imagination of millions of Australians along the way.

This post is part of the thread: Relay for Life 2015 – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


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