Category Archives: Secret Millionaire

In memory of Steve Pickering

The late 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 we cast some flowers in to the waves to honor him. A full paddle-out in his honor is going to be held soon and at…

The final Secret Millionaire Chapter

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 it was a documentary on volunteering. I did not know where I was going, who I would meet, nor how I would get on. But…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 14

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 be a person who doesn’t really get ruffled. I’m quite controlled and measured. I rarely get flustered or nervous. I’ve not slept well, too much…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 13

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 the difficulty that they have raising funds, but also the importance of community involvement. When the Disabled Surfers Assocating fund raise with raffles, more people…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 12

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, “I’m a Mum who’s kids have got bigger and are at school so I have a bit more time on my hands and would like…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 11

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 that, at the time seemed insurmountable. I remember Tim Pethick (founder Nudie Juice) saying to me once that entrepreneurs are like clown punching bags –…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 10

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 that. I arrive and finally get to meet Fran, Maddison’s Mum. When I walk inside, the very tired Maddy is in a pusher, her wise…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 9

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 a new van cost, and Bain-marie, children’s play equipment?  Ugh I need my computer…. I have to be at 139 in time to help serve…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 8

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 again. I’ve learned about a day drop in centre for the homeless called 139 Club. By the time I finally get to the Valley I’m…

Secret Millionaire Chapter 7

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 children with cancer – Marg the family liaison officer showed me around the facility – she is a warm hearted ‘mother’ figure to all. I…