We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir David Akers-Jones, Honorary President of Outward Bound Hong Kong (OBHK). We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his family on behalf of the entire Outward Bound Hong Kong community and express our enduring gratitude for his decades of leadership and inspiration.
Sir David was instrumental in the founding of OBHK and has always been a guiding influence throughout the past 50 years. Back in the 1960s as Hong Kong underwent rapid urban development, many people started to move into high-rise buildings. Sir David, as Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary, recognised the importance of connecting Hong Kong’s youth with the outdoors and set an ambitious target of bringing the Outward Bound experiential learning model to Hong Kong. After gathering the support of key people, the Tai Mong Tsai base which was at close proximity to shores and mountains was chosen. The first course was held in 1970 and more than 200,000 people have taken part in our courses since then. The Outward Bound Alumni Association has benefitted from his patronage and dedicated support for the past five decades. Sir David was awarded the Kurt Hahn award for his contribution to Outward Bound movement at the Board meeting of Outward Bound International in November 2018.
As we move into our second half-century our vision of “Resilient individuals. Effective communities. A stronger Hong Kong” reflects Sir David’s visionary leadership. His dedication to our organisation and the development of so many generations of Hong Kong’s young people leaves a meaningful and essential legacy. As an organisation we are honoured to have benefitted from his involvement, and are increasingly motivated to extend his legacy. His legacy lives on in the future generations of Hong Kong youth who will go on to contribute to a stronger Hong Kong.