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Paul Newman's Newman's Own Foundation has pledged NZ$330,000 to community groups helping those affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

The earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch on February 22, leaving over 160 people dead and destroying the homes and livelihoods of thousands of others.

Newman’s Own Foundation president Robert Forrester is currently in the city, and is asking community groups to contact the charity for funding: “Paul was committed to helping make the world a better place. He believed in sharing his good fortune with those in need.”

In addition to the earthquake assistance, Newman’s Own Foundation has also pledged $130,000 to charities across the country, with applications open until May 16. $50,000 has already been awarded to Christchurch Hospital and CanTeen – a teenage cancer charity – to be split between the two organizations. Click here to find out more.

Newman’s Own, founded by late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, distributes the profits from the sales of a range of sauces and dressings and an all natural product line of food and beverages to various charities around the world. In 25 years, the foundation has donated over $300 million. Last year, the charity donated fire fighting equipment and money to fire stations in Australia.

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