Paul Newman’s Legacy Is Alive In BARRETSTOWN

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Serious Fun Founder Paul Newman,

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional race car driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist, and philanthropist. He won and was nominated for numerous awards, winning an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money,a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many others. Newman’s other films include The Hustler (1961), Cool Hand Luke (1967), as Butch Cassidy in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982)

Enter Paul Newman’s name into an internet search and that brief synopsis of his life is to be found in Wikipedia. It’s an accurate account of a lot of Paul Newman’s life but misses the opportunity to add the accolade of HERO to this great man’s list of achievements.

How the Fun Began

Almost three decades ago, Paul Newman started a free camp where kids could escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions and, in his words, “raise a little hell.” This remarkable concept sparked a quiet movement, and that one camp launched a global network.Paul Newman founded Newman’s Own with writer A. E. Hotchner ,Newman’s own a line of food products,was founded  in 1982. The brand started with salad dressing and has expanded to include pasta sauce, lemonade, popcorn, salsa, and wine, among other things. Newman established a policy that all proceeds, after taxes, would be donated to charity. As of 2014, the franchise has donated in excess of $400 million. As of 2016, these donations have totaled over US$460 million.He was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network, a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need.

In 1988, Paul Newman founded the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global family of summer camps and programs for children with serious illness which has served 290,076 children since its inception.

Paul Newman, Barretstown,


In this fitting inspirational and poignant video dedication, Robert Redford tell us about his great friend in life Paul Newman and his amazing legacy.   

On June 1, 2007, Kenyon College announced that Newman had donated $10 million to the school to establish a scholarship fund as part of the college’s current $230 million fund-raising campaign. Newman was one of the founders of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a membership organization of CEOs and corporate chairpersons committed to raising the level and quality of global corporate philanthropy. Founded in 1999 by Newman and a few leading CEOs, CECP has grown to include more than 175 members and, through annual executive convenings, extensive benchmarking research, and best practice publications, leads the business community in developing sustainable and strategic community partnerships through philanthropy.

In 2008 before his death Paul Newman contributed $20,857,000 to the Newman’s Own Foundation, which distributes funds to a variety of charities.Today, there are 30 camps and programs serving the needs of children and families around the world.

Upon his passing, the Italian newspaper (a “semi-official” paper of the Holy SeeL’Osservatore Romano published a notice lauding Newman’s philanthropy. It also commented that “Newman was a generous heart, an actor of a dignity and style rare in Hollywood quarters.”

Good Old-Fashioned,
Confidence-Building Fun In Barretstown

Barretstown Children's CampsAs part of Paul Newman’s legacy Barretstown programs are more than just fun. They’re purposefully designed to foster independence, resilience and personal growth, helping children to see beyond the limits of their medical conditions and experience all that life has to offer.

Programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24-hour on-site medical and nursing care.

All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge.       Everything, including accommodation, food and medical assistance are provided at no cost to the family.Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups.

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Thanks to the support of their customers and team, Lidl have helped raise over €1million to assist Barretstown in their work.Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence in childhood cancer care and other serious illnesses. Children are referred to Barretstown based on their medical needs. Since they first opened the Barretstown  gates in 1994 this amazing centre in County Kildare have brought the magic of Barretstown to over 30,000 campers.

In order to continue on Paul Newman’s,legacy Barretstown need your support. Its through your donations and practical volunteer involvement that Barretstown continues to bring “Serious Fun” and support to seriously ill children.

Visit to see how you and your friends, your work colleagues,your schools and youth groups can all do a little something to help Barretstown continue to bring joy to sick children and in doing so honour the legacy of the man that was Paul Newman.


Youth Volunteer with Barretstown