Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker met an untimely death in a car accident last week. While many people only know him as an actor, Mr. Walker was much more. On the day he died he was involved in raising funds for the people in the Philippines affected by a devastating typhoon. But Paul Walker’s giving began long ago. One woman remembers 10 years ago when an Iraq War veteran wanted to buy his girlfriend a wedding ring before returning to active duty. When he saw the price was $10,000, he was dismayed. Mr. Walker went over and told the clerk to put the cost of the rings on his tab, gave her his information and left quietly.
Paul Walker has been quietly involved in humanitarian works for quite some time. In 2007 he started a philanthropic organization called REACH OUT Worldwide. Through this organization he rendered aid and support to victims of earthquakes in Chile and Haiti in 2010. Even in death Walker is still helping others. People who wanted to send flowers have been instead asked to make a donation to the Philippine disaster relief effort. It’s yet another small but meaningful way Paul Walker continues to have a positive impact on people in need.
One of the beautiful things about Paul Walker is that he never sought the spotlight when it came to his philanthropic work. He simply took action and used some of his resources to help people in need. What made him stand out is that he cared about people and used his resources to help them when possible. Mr. Walker also had an interest in marine biology. In 2006 he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation and spent 11 days with the crew off the Mexican coast catching and tagging great white sharks to help scientists better understand the migratory, mating and birthing patterns of the whales.
Paul Walker was a lifelong actor. He began doing commercials as a toddler and gained international fame for his roles in Varsity Blues, Eight Below, Joy Ride, Into the Blue Takers and She’s All That. He is best known for his work in the Fast and Furious franchise racing fast cars with powerful engines like those found at SWEngines. But Paul Walker was more than just an actor. He was also a caring human being who tried to help the less fortunate.