Paul Walker Would Have Turned 44 Today And His Charity Legacy Still Continues

When Paul Walker left us in November 2013, nobody questioned that it was too soon.

Famed for his roles in The Fast and Furious franchise, it would appear, upon the release of the latest in the series, that he is still not forgotten.

Vin Diesel, who starred alongside Walker, took to Instagram to remember his friend earlier this year.

Diesel thanked the crew for the great work they do on the movies and said one of them had come up to him and said 'wow, what we are capturing on film is excellent'.

He added: "And then [they] looked at me and said Paul would be proud."

But Paul Walker was so much more.

He had a strong interest in marine life, and majored in marine biology after high school. His kind-hearted nature saw him catch and tag seven great white sharks in 2010 to help track and monitor them in Mexico.

Upon his untimely death, a foundation was set up to continue his good work - The Paul Walker Foundation.

The Paul Walker Foundation, which was launched by his daughter, Meadow, has the simple mission statement 'Do Good' and reflects his passion for the oceans, animals, helping people and his 'spontaneous goodwill'.

The foundation helps by "empowering future generations by providing grants, scholarship opportunities and spontaneous acts of goodwill".

Credit: PA

By offering marine science students and researchers the chance to get scholarships and funding, the foundation hope to make people 'better equipped with the challenges of tomorrow'.

Paul was heavily involved with charity work before his tragic death. He launched a disaster-relief charity called Reach Out Worldwide, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

He initially used his own money to send out a disaster relief team, and followed this up by launching the non-profit.

Unlike a lot of famous faces, Paul always made a point to carry out his charitable acts away from cameras and under the radar.

What a truly amazing bloke.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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