Serious Fun Children´s Network

Since 2006, the Fundación Aladina has worked with the Serious Fun Children’s Network, a network of summer camps for sick children founded by Paul Newman. For the past 11 years, we’ve taken on average 120 children with cancer each year to their summer camp in Barretstown (Ireland) to enjoy a magical week. This summer, 20 additional children will go to Dynamo (Italy).

Our summer camps will keep on growing thanks to the money raised from our president’s latest movie, Lo Que De Verdad Importa (titled The Healer in English). Paco Arango decided that all the proceeds from the movie would go towards our magical summer camp program. It’s a wonderful gift that many “Aladinos” will enjoy for many years. Thank you!

A castle nestled among the Irish hills, a serene lake and a lush forest with archery, pony rides, theater, and new adventures – this is Barretstown.  Without a doubt, it’s a magical place that any child would love to enjoy. Thanks to the Fundación Aladina, Spanish kids and teens with cancer are able to go to Barretstown every summer, completely free of charge.

The most unique thing about this magical place is that all the attendees are children and teens battling serious illnesses such as cancer. The excellent on-site medical supervision means that they can enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest, just like any other kid would.

“Serious Fun” is our camps’ motto – and for a good reason! The kids get to do activities they’ve only dreamed of, like canoeing, archery, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. They also get to know kids from other countries, which allows them to forget about their worries and recharge their batteries. For their parents, the experience is even more rewarding, as they get the joy of seeing their kids having a wonderful time and enjoying the trip of their dreams.

In the spring of 2013, Barretstown opened “The Aladina Centre”, a big play area financed by the Fundación Aladina where the kids can enjoy all sorts of toys and games.

In 2007, Paul Newman invited Paco Arango, the president and founder of the Fundación Aladina, to form part of the board of directors, a position he currently holds.

Testimonials

  • “I met incredible people, did things that I never thought I’d be able to do, and most of all, I had...
    “I met incredible people, did things that I never thought I’d be able to do, and most of all, I had fun and enjoyed myself so much. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to experience something so positive and beneficial”
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    Patricia, cancer patient
  • “Barretstown has been a dream come true. It's been the most wonderful experience my daughter has ever...
    “Barretstown has been a dream come true. It's been the most wonderful experience my daughter has ever lived. It was truly an exceptional opportunity that allowed her to accept and understand her illness. We will never be able to thank you enough for your love, sacrifice, and dedication”
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    María, Sara's mother
  • “Barretstown is one of the best things that has happened to me. It was as if I could live everything...
    “Barretstown is one of the best things that has happened to me. It was as if I could live everything I couldn’t live for the last year and a half; it was such an intense and amazing experience. It was as if the people I met, were a reflection of myself. I am very happy I had this opportunity, it has left an impression on me and I really hope to go back. It is very special to say that I had a week where I was on cloud nine. Thanks specially to the “caras” and the other campers who spent those 6 days with me”
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    Ángel A., camper in 2014
  • “Where to start... Barretstown is so many things. It’s the place where I’m 100% myself, where the...
    “Where to start... Barretstown is so many things. It’s the place where I’m 100% myself, where the best Blanca comes out and where kids feel the opportunity to be themselves, without limits or barriers, in a fun, supportive and family environment. Barretstown are faces full of happiness, dancing moments choking on my food, magical evenings at the cottage… And the most special and wonderful people I’ve ever met!”
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    Blanca Vazquez B.
  • “I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer at Barretstown. It’s a very special place...
    “I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer at Barretstown. It’s a very special place where children put aside their illness for a few days and enjoy the most of each moment thanks to camp activities and to the unconditional dedication of all the staff. At Barretstown I had an amazing time, but I’ve also learned a lot. Kids that have been through so much at such a young age have taught me to value little things of daily life, to deal with the impossible, not to give up. As a volunteer I’ve seen how they gain self-confidence and recover the self-esteem that cancer had stripped away. I will definitely recommend Barretstown to everyone, I can’t wait to go back!”
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    Isabel Puente Mingo
  • “For me Barretstown marked a turning point. It was such a nice time that let me meet fantastic people...
    “For me Barretstown marked a turning point. It was such a nice time that let me meet fantastic people that also understand what I’ve been through and to whom I can talk openly. It’s so good... You all are part of my life, thank you so much for everything!! You really are superb, both the caras and all camp staff!!!”
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    Sergi Torres, camper in 2014
  • "My name is Amanda and I'm in remission, hopefully free of cancer forever. Thanks to the Fundación Aladina...
    "My name is Amanda and I'm in remission, hopefully free of cancer forever. Thanks to the Fundación Aladina I was able to go to Barretstown, a special camp where kids like me can forget about their illnesses and do everything we didn’t think we were capable of doing. Barretstown is the place where I felt like a normal teen, where there are no limits or impossibilities. It’s been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I would recommend a stay in Barretstown to any sick kid. If you have a chance, don’t hesitate, it will be an experience that will remain in your memory forever"
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    Amanda, camper 2014
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