Paul Walker’s last message to Philippines: We love you
Filipinos were saddened by the sudden death of American actor Paul Walker on Sunday (Philippine time) whose last hours were spent gathering help for Filipinos suffering from the devastation brought about by super typhoon “Yolanda”.
Walker, who starred in the movie “Fast and Furious”, figured in a hellish car accident the day of a charity event in Los Angeles, California for Reach Out Worldwide, a non-profit organization that he supported.
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide,” the organization announced on Facebook. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.”
While there was no official statement about the background of the charity event, global news agency CNN reported that the event was intended to raise funds for the Philippines. However, based on Reach Out’s website, they were holding a “Winter Drive” to collect toys for children “impacted by economic circumstances.”
It was also reported that Walker had been giving test drives in a Porsche to raise funds for typhoon victims as part of the event.
In his official Facebook fan page, Walker posted an appeal for worldwide donations to help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that devastated the Philippines on Nov. 8.
“Reach Out Worldwide needs your help to bring direct aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines. All of us at Fast & Furious 7 thank you for any support you can offer to our efforts,” Walker posted on Nov. 25.
“Together anything is possible, so please consider joining the effort with a donation,” Walker said in another post.
Walker also had a YouTube video with his co-stars in Fast and Furious where he reiterated his call for donations for the Philippines.
“We are reaching out at the fans. We love Manila. We were there last year. We love the Philippines. It is better to be armed and ready, let us start sending,” Walker said. Reach Out Worldwide has already sent medical teams in Tabontabon in Leyte this week, and continues to bring medical services to Yolanda victims, the organization said.
Last May, some of the cast of Fast and Furious, including Vin Diesel, arrived in the country for the red carpet premiere of “Fast and Furious 6.”
Social media sites were flooded with expression of condolences from grateful Filipinos who were saddened by news of Walker’s demise.
“Just wanting to help our kababayan… may you rest in peace. Thank you so much for all the assistance in helping the Yolanda victims in the Philippines. We will forever be grateful to all your deeds. Peace Paul. [We] will pray for your eternal soul,” Evelyn Fortes wrote.
Nante Mae Morena also expressed gratitude to the actor: “Rest in peace, Paul Walker and thank you for helping the victims of Yolanda typhoon.”
“He did something worth rewarding. May you rest in peace. Thank you so much for helping the victims of Yolanda here in the Philippines,” Nean Nhicer said.
Maria Elena seconded: “Rest In Peace Mr. Paul Walker! You will be missed! We the Filipino people (The Philippines), will never forget you. God bless your soul.”