In memory of Steve Pickering

It was with sadness that I read this email… Hi Naomi It’s my sad, sad duty to inform you that last Thursday night Steve Pickering passed away at home following what is believed to be a heart attack. We had our Gold Coast event on Sunday event, held in Steve’s memory, and following the event […]

The final Secret Millionaire Chapter

I was asked last night after the airing of the program – ‘Did you enjoy the experience?’ ‘Enjoy’ no, did I find it challenging, confronting, and rewarding – absolutely. I am not an actor, or in the entertainment industry. I have had little to do with television. I did the program on the premise that […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 14

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire ‘“ Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson To wake knowing that today would be a significant day in my life, one that I would never forget. There are only a handful of days in one’s life like it. I consider myself to […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 13

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire ‘“ Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson I don’t do a lot in the afternoon but think about the people I have met in the last week. There is so much that can be done. From all of them I have heard […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 12

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire ‘“ Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson Why am I so tired? Perhaps all this cloak and dagger is beginning to get to me. When I speak to people about myself, I just don’t tell them everything. What I say is true, […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 11

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire – Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson Resilience and perseverance are both qualities that I understand. There have been times in the short eight year history of RedBalloon where I have felt that I am taking more steps backward than forward. Calamities […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 10

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire – Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson I had determined to go back and check in on Maddison. She’d had her first (of twenty) radiation treatments. The Childrens Cancer Support Centre is having its monthly barbeque – I can help out with […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 9

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire – Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson I need to start researching things. I have no idea how much things cost – how much do I need to provide for the beneficiaries to have enough to get what they need. What would […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 8

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire – Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct 2009 Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson 5.30am is a good time to start the day. No one is around, the highway quiet, the neighbors still asleep. I grab an apple for breakfast as a head of to get myself to Brisbane […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 7

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire – Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct. Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson I caught the train early to Brisbane, once at central I trekked out to the Children’s Cancer Support unit (CCS) near the Children’s Hospital. The CCS is an accommodation and support service for the families of […]

Secret Millionaire Chapter 6

My life as an undercover volunteer Secret Millionaire – Channel Nine 9.30pm 29 Oct. Episode Four: Features Naomi Simson [Not all of the places I visit become part of the television program – more than 40hours of footage reduced to an hour long program. I meet amazing volunteers every where I go – their stories […]