WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - Nov 29, 2012) - Every child deserves the chance to be a kid, especially during the holiday season. Nobody believed this more than Paul Newman who had a vision to create a place for children with serious illnesses where they could have fun and just be kids. More than two decades ago, he founded a camp where the joy of playing and laughing had a profound impact, allowing children to reach beyond their illnesses and discover strength, hope and resilience. From this one camp, SeriousFun Children's Network has become a global community of 29 camps and programs providing life-changing experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families, free of charge.
Today, SeriousFun serves more than 380,000 children and their families, including over 250,000 children from 50 countries. SeriousFun founder, Paul Newman, always said, "It's all about the kids." And, as his legacy continues, the organization remains committed to the same ideal. That's why when a donation is made to SeriousFun Children's Network, 100% of it goes directly to camps and programs that offer incredible experiences free of charge to children and their families. All of this is made possible due to the generosity of SeriousFun's Board of Directors and Newman's Own Foundation. Thanks to their support, all of the organization's administrative expenses are covered, enabling 100% of all donations to benefit those who need it most -- the kids.
To share the impact of SeriousFun's work, the organization has released a special public service announcement featuring award winning actors and longtime supporters Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts. Ms. Roberts has been involved with SeriousFun for over ten years after having volunteered at one of the camps. The PSA informs viewers about the importance of carrying on Paul's Newman's legacy, and providing children a place to really feel like children.
SeriousFun works year round to help children and their families reach beyond illness through family and sibling weekends, adaptive winter ski programs, and hospital outreach programs with sessions taking place in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean through the Global Partnership Program. Individuals, groups and organizations interested in getting involved can donate, volunteer in a camp or join Team SeriousFun -- the new SeriousFun endurance training and fundraising program. To find out more about getting involved this holiday season visit: www.seriousfunnetwork.org/how-can-you-help.
To learn more about SeriousFun Children's Network, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org. Individuals, groups and organizations interested in making a donation to the network can also visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org/donate. For the latest SeriousFun Children's Network news and updates, follow @SeriousFunCamps on Twitter or visit www.facebook.com/SeriousFunCamps.
About SeriousFun Children's Network
SeriousFun Children's Network is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and partnership programs that have come together with a common purpose -- to provide life-changing experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families around the world. Since 1988, more than 384,700 children and their families have been served, including over 253,800 children from 50 countries. Today, SeriousFun Children's Network includes 28 initiatives worldwide, all reaching beyond illness to help children and their families discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities. SeriousFun Children's Network and each of its member camps are independent not-for-profit organizations dependent upon private funding and the generosity of others to serve all children free of charge. To support SeriousFun, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.