Swanley & District Labour Party Chair, David Griffiths, believes Keanu Reeves is a role model for us all, representing the best of Labour values.
Keanu was abandoned by his father at age 3 and grew up with 3 different stepdaughters. He’s dyslexic. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister has leukemia.
And with everything that’s happened, Keanu Reeves never misses an opportunity to help people who need it. When filming the movie “The Lake House”, he heard the conversation of two locker room attendees; one cried because she would lose his home if he didn’t pay $ 20,000. On the same day Keanu entered the amount necessary into the woman’s bank account. He has also donated stratospheric sums to hospitals.
In 2010 and for his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery shop and bought himself a brioche with one candle. He ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him.
After winning astronomical sums for the Matrix trilogy, the actor donated more than $50 million to staff who took care of the locker room and special effects: “the real heroes” of the trilogy, as he himself called them.
He also gave away a Harley-Davidson to each of the stunt doubles. Total spending of over $75 million. For many of his successful films he has even given up 90% of his salary to allow production to hire other stars.
In 1997 some paparazzi even found him spending a morning with a drifter in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.
Most stars when making a charity gesture declare it to all media. Keanu Reeves has never claimed to be doing charity work. For him it is simply a matter of moral principles, not to look better in the eyes of others.
This man could buy it all, and instead every day he gets up and chooses one thing you can’t buy “Being a Person.”