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Paul Newman Donates $100,000 to NZ Charities

Paul Newman Donates $100,000 to New Zealand Charities From Sales Of His World Famous Salad Dressings

Fifteen New Zealand charities are today celebrating the ongoing generosity and support of legendary actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

This year, Paul Newman has made cash grants to each of the charities of between $1,500 and $10,500 to the total of $100,000.

Paul Newman gives all after tax profits from sales of Paul Newman's Own salad dressings to charitable organisations providing essential community services in the countries in which the products are sold. Since 1982, when the actor launched his first range of salad dressings, more than $200 million has been distributed world-wide.

Some of the fortunate New Zealand charities include Riding for the Disabled which has been given $10,500 to purchase new ponies and equipment for several needy branches of their organisation and Te Puke Care which receives $10,000 for a vehicle for Social Worker home visits. The NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders receives $10,000 to set up 10 national websites and the Refugee Family Reunification Trust receives $10,000 to cover airfares for a family of five who are currently living in a refugee camp in Africa and who have been approved to live in New Zealand.

Among the smaller organisations to benefit from grants is Age Concern Canterbury who received $5,000 to provide emergency heating for elderly in financial difficulty. The Saddle Hill Foundation Trust in Dunedin also received $8,000 to buy technical equipment to support their activity programmes for 'at risk' children.

This is the 15th year Paul Newman has given grants to New Zealand charities bringing its total contribution in New Zealand to more than half a million dollars.

"We are very proud to be able to make this happen," says Paul Newman's Own spokesperson Jerry Rounds. "However, ultimate thanks must go to the New Zealand public for buying Paul Newman's Own salad dressings - the more they support the brand, the more the Foundation can contribute back to the community."

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