Outward Bound Hong Kong relies upon the contributions of many, many people to keep us moving forward and meeting the needs of Hong Kong’s young people….but one person who has made an extra-ordinary contribution is our Honorary President and life-long supporter Sir David Akers-Jones. As Chief Secretary Sir David saw the need to cater for a changing Hong Kong and provide opportunities for its young people to remain connected with the natural environment and test their personal limits. As a result, and after gathering the support of key people, Sir David was instrumental in the creation of Outward Bound Hong Kong. This contribution was recognised at the Outward Bound International meetings when Sir David was awarded a “Kurt Hahn Award” for a lifetime of service to furthering the Outward Bound movement in Hong Kong.
Incredibly, Sir David was also instrumental in the creation of Outward Bound Malaysia a few years earlier, which further justifies his recognition. Congratulations and sincere thanks from everyone at OBHK!
Thanks to Sir David’s endeavors, he saw the need for Outward Bound courses which benefits Hong Kong’s young people who had little opportunity in their crowded city environment to gauge their potential and experience the challenge and pleasure of outdoor activities, he founded Outward Bound Hong Kong in 1970. With generous help from the Jockey Club, tens of thousands of young men and women have experienced the release of energy, developed the new attitudes to the outdoors and found the confidence that comes from participating in Outward Bound, and this has added immeasurably to Hong Kong life.
In appreciation of his lifelong contribution to education, the Kurt Hahn Award was awarded in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to the advancement of the Outward Bound movement to Sir David Akers-Jones on 9th Nov 2018. Congratulations!