A North Lamar graduate has gone overseas to foster his passion for and love of ocean conservation.
“My mission is to promote and help save the oceans,” said Robert Allard, now living in Taiwan.
Born and raised in Lamar County, Allard graduated in 2008 from North Lamar High School.
“I am a US Army Veteran and now, since ending my service, I have been an engineer for three years,” he said. “I travel a lot with my company and I love it. I see multiple countries and different cultures from all over the world. I am a very humble, caring, and motivated individual. Since living in Taiwan for the past two years, I have come to love the country and the people. I love the outdoors, and the water, hence I started my own scuba diving online company. I plan to own a dive shop in the next five years.”
That company, called Passion Divers, was founded in May of 2018.
“After scuba diving in several Asian countries and seeing the litter and trash that ends up in the oceans, I was appalled,” he said. “It is unbelievable. I wanted to help out the crisis and help save the ocean’s ecosystem.”
He said too many sea creatures die from mistaking trash for food.
“It is our fault as humans, it’s only right that we fix it before it’s too late,” he said.
How is he helping? He designs and sells apparel and merchandise using photographs he takes underwater. Half the profits go to a new ocean conservation organization each month. Last month, he donated to The Marine Mammal Center and this month it is Project AWARE.
For more information, visit his website at www.passiondivers.com.