Paul Newman's Daughter On Continuing His Remarkable Charity Work And Its Achievements: "I Am Very Proud To Be A Part Of His Legacy"
August 15, 2018 12:38 By Fabiosa
Most people remember Paul Newman as an Academy Award-winning actor and Hollywood heartthrob. He'd stolen many hearts over the course of his career and went down in history as one of the most successful film personas. But behind the glamour of his profession hides restless and dedicated charity work, which remains Newman's most cherished legacy.
Making children's lives better
In 1988, Paul Newman had an idea to create a recreational camp for ill children, where they could enjoy the simple fun of childhood free of their diagnosis' burden.
That same year the actor launched SeriousFun camp, which opened its doors to kids and their families free of charge. By 1994, two more camps were established and the organisation started to expand to Europe.
Today, there are over 30 SeriousFun camps in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Carribean. Each location offers fun recreational activities for children with various medical conditions, including HIV, cancer, severe asthma, and other disorders. In addition, camps offer high-quality medical care to ensure safety of its visitors.
The main idea of SeriousFun organisation is that children are not defined by their illnesses and deserve to have fun and enjoy life like everyone else. It was Paul Newman's greatest wish and now, after his passing in 2008, his daughter Clea carries out his legacy.
Remembering the hero
Clea Newman took it upon herself to continue working on SeriousFun camps' expantion after her dad's death. In hindsight, she said it made perfect sense that he'd started this organisation as deep inside he'd never lost his childhood spirit. Clea revealed to Closer Weekly:
Dad was really a big kid. He liked to invent things, he told the worst jokes and he loved pranks.
Despite missing her father greatly, Clea sees little parts of him in every camp and knows he's always around in spirit. This is one of the reasons she loves interacting with children and continuing Paul's work, she does it to feel closer to him, and it works wonderfully:
There is not a day I go to any of our camps around the globe that I don’t feel his presence. It really does make me feel closer to him. It’s almost hard for me because I miss him so much.
At the end of the day, Newman sees the wonders SeriousFun camps do for children everywhere and feels grateful to be a part of such an amazing community. She attributes this tremendous success to her late dad:
I am very proud to be a part of his legacy. It is a special gift and an honor.
Generous man in everything
Interestingly, Paul Newman's generous energy wasn't only focused on making children's lives better, he'd also proven himself to be an amazing colleague. In 1998, Newman starred in Twilight with Susan Sarandon and she experienced his incredible character first hand.
As we now know, pay gap between men and women was always present, even in the film industry. During Sarandon and Newman's work together, Paul found out she was being paid less than him, so he was willing to take a cut to his paycheck in her favor, as Susan revealed to BBC 5 Live:
He stepped forward and said, 'Well I'll give you part of mine'. So, yeah, he was a gem.
Just when we thought we couldn't adore Paul Newman anymore, we keep finding out more and more incredible things about the actor. He was truly a remarkable man and it's amazing to see the incomparable legacy he left behind him.