Dani Johnson grew up on welfare, was pregnant with her first child at 17, and homeless at 21.
She's also one of the featured participants in ABC's new reality series Secret Millionaire. For one week, Dani gives up everything, hiding her true identity and living on $40 a week in a cramped one-bedroom apartment in the impoverished Western Heights neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine for up to 72% OFF what others pay on the newsstand — that's like getting 19 FREE issues! There’s so much doom and gloom about these days that it’s just so brilliantly uplifting to come across a good news story and particularly when it’s to do with Limerick. The first was the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen, a drop in centre for ex-service men in the Sarsfield branch in Limerick.
Our Lady Of Lourdes Community Centre Weston was the next port of call where he met with CEO Lee-Ann Kennedy Purcell.
As Richard was walking around Limerick late one of the evenings, he stumbled upon Sinead Carey and Annette O’Carroll on their nightly soup run as part of the NOVAS Initiative Street Outreach (Soup run). Another organisation profiled is very dear to my heart and I know the founders, Brendan and Terry well having worked with them and Sami Long on a documentary for ILoveLimerick in the past. Contact UsInterested in information about Entertainment, Culture, Community and Events in Limerick? Despite all odds, Dani became a millionaire by age 23, starting her empire by selling a weight loss product from her car trunk. The show takes some of America's most successful self-made millionaires and puts them in the country's poorest areas.

In order to deliver a personalised, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. You may recall the RTE 1 Secret Millionaire documentary aired in September last, which covered our own special Limerick. Richard was incredibly impressed by the retired gentlemen and gave a sizeable donation to the new centre being opened. This centre offers invaluable support to local groups, senior citizens, youth groups and more and has become a focal point for the community of Weston. Sinead is coordinator of the NOVAS Initiative Street Outreach and told me that since the programme, the public response has been incredible with over 50 new volunteers for the centre. Cliona’s Foundation was set up following the death of their daughter Cliona, from a brain tumour.
He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Eireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online.
The goal of the experiment is to find and ultimately reward the unsung heroes who hold these communities up. There were times where I can remember where I got home at 9 at night and had popcorn for dinner because there would be no food," she says.
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Unbeknownst to the organisations that were approached by a seemingly ordinary chap whom they were led to believe was a Producer doing a documentary, and who later revealed himself as the Secret Millionaire – Richard Mulcahy was intent on helping those less fortunate than himself. Over the years, as Cliona underwent numerous different hospital treatments, Brendan and Terry were struck by the number of families, facing enormous financial hardship.

These cookies are completely safe and secure and will never contain any sensitive information. From an unassuming background, Richard made his fortune in a number of areas including software development. They saw at first-hand the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines. Since its launch in 2006, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €300,000 and has helped more than 100 families.
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Richard has supported Cliona’s Foundation in a mentoring capacity and besides helping to raise the profile of the Foundation, is also helping to generate much-needed funds. The Annual Cliona’s Foundation night is one such event and so it’s a huge plus to have Richard as a guest on the night. The annual social night is always good fun, with a holiday or trip to be won by some lucky family. All the funds raised goes to the Foundation and it’s also an opportunity for Brendan and Terry to thank people who have helped make a difference to families with critically ill children.

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