Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow is carrying on her father’s legacy to help save the oceans.
While the actor was likely best known for his role in the Fast and Furious films, Walker also had a passion for marine biology. He studied the subject at college and found time to pursue his interest in oceans in between starring in major Hollywood films.
In 2006, Walker became a board member of the Billfish Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world, while in 2010 he spent 10 days as part of the crew for a National Geographic series where they tagged great white sharks to gather DNA samples and study their migratory patterns.
The American tragically died in a car crash in 2013, after which his daughter Meadow launched the The Paul Walker Foundation, a charity which has the mission to simply ‘do good’.
Announcing the launch of the foundation in 2015, Meadow wrote:
Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill.
I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my father.
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Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill. I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my father. #DoGood
The foundation works to keep Walker’s legacy alive and carry forward his passion for helping to save the ocean with donations being put towards ‘providing grants, scholarship opportunities and spontaneous acts of goodwill.’
The website reads:
The Paul Walker Foundation will continue to do the work that Paul started. We are focused on his passions and dedicated to his legacy. He is always in our hearts and we are reminded daily to do good and live life like Paul.
Paul’s passion for the ocean, a curious mind and a spontaneous heart lives on in The Paul Walker Foundation.
In 2015, the charity supported the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who awarded the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award and Youth Award to two people who were working hard to protect the ocean.
Speaking to E! News, Meadow explained how the foundation’s donation to the aquarium helped continue her dad’s passion, saying:
My dad was in awe of the ocean and wanted to see it protected. It’s exciting to know scholarships and students will ensure the future of our oceans. It’s an honour to be supporting them and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s teen program.
Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, said of the foundation:
The public knew Paul Walker best for his roles as an actor, the Fast & Furious series among many others. We knew him as an aspiring marine biologist and a lifelong friend of the ocean.
Growing up, Paul was inspired by Jacques Cousteau—his mentor and role model. He studied marine biology in college and planned to make that his career before he was drawn into acting. But the ocean was never far from his life—or his concerns.
I’m so happy that Paul’s daughter, Meadow Walker, has created the Paul Walker Foundation to carry her father’s ideals forward.
What an awesome way to preserve her father’s legacy!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.