Meadow Walker, the teenage daughter of late actor Paul Walker, was present at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Saturday for The Paul Walker Ocean Leadership ceremony. Walker was on hand to present actor Adrian Grenier with an award for his charity efforts.
Grenier is this year’s recipient of The Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award, as reported by People. Grenier received the award for his work with The Lonely Whale Foundation, an organization that helps educate people about the ocean and marine wildlife. Grenier is also a co-founder of the organization.
Grenier uploaded a photo on his Twitter account that shows him, Walker, and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Executive Director Julie Packard posing together. The trio were all smiles as Grenier held his award and included the caption, “Honored to share my voice today. Thank you @paulwalkerfdn for recognizing my work with @lonelywhale. #DoGood.”
Meadow Walker launched The Paul Walker Foundation two years after the unexpected death of her father. Paul Walker, who became famous from The Fast and Furious franchise, died on November 30, 2013, from a tragic car crash that also took the life of his friend, Roger Rodas.
Walker helped promote the ceremony on her Twitter. The 17-year-old Walker featured a photo of herself looking out to the ocean while sitting on the beach. Walker wrote the caption, “Honoring dad’s legacy at the @paulwalkerfdn Ocean Leadership Awards on Sat w/ #MegKikkeri & @adriangrenier! #DoGood.”
The elder Walker always had a strong interest in marine biology and always participated in events that brought focus to environmental issues. It seemed fitting for Walker’s daughter to launch a foundation in his name to honor his passion for marine wildlife.
“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.”
The Paul Walker Foundation has a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Ocean Futures Society, which is under the leadership of Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.
Adrian Grenier has always been active with social and environmental causes and charities. On March 13, 2015, the Entourage actor became the first Dell appointee for the Social Good Advocate, an advocacy program that helps promote sustainable lifestyles to preserve the environment, according to the Dell press release.
In 2015, Grenier helped create The Lonely Whale Foundation to inspire others to help protect the ocean and other marine wildlife. In May 2009, Grenier launched an eco-themed app called Ecohero, a barcode scanning program that informs users of a product’s health and environmental impact, as reported by Forbes.
The Paul Walker Foundation did a live stream on its official Facebook page to capture the awards ceremony.
Grenier was proud to receive the 2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award and mentioned his passion to share his love for the ocean life to future generations.
“It’s an honor to receive the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award. I share Paul’s inquisitiveness for the mystery of the ocean and the great potential it holds for new discoveries that will enrich the lives and inspire the curiosities of the next several generations.”
The award ceremony happened a few days before World Oceans Day, which is always celebrated on June 8. The Ocean Project first started World Oceans Day back in 2002, before the United Nations officially recognized the specified date to help spread its awareness to achieve a healthy ocean life.
Meadow Walker also presented the Paul Walker Youth Award to Meg Kikkeri of Cupertino, California. The teenager received the award for her volunteer efforts with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, along with her contributions to the ocean and other conservation issues. A college scholarship from the Paul Walker Foundation is also included in the award prizes.
[Image via Adrian Grenier/Twitter]