Sir David was also instrumental in setting up our Foundation. He started this work in 1997 and the Foundation was formerly ratified in 2000. Sir David personally contributed and encouraged others to contribute. The Foundation today is worth $18million, and is there to support Outward Bound in perpetuity.
You may know that our wonderful Levene Lodge in Anakiwa is named after Sir David, a reflection of not only his contribution to Outward Bound, but also acknowledging the value he placed on our staff. People were at the heart of everything for Sir David. Sir David Levene received the Kurt Hahn award in 2018, which is our highest honour.
There is a lot of sadness amongst our whānau today as we honour his legacy and reflect on how grateful we are for his support and belief in us all. Please take a moment today to reflect on the life of this wonderful and generous man, his service to Outward Bound and Aotearoa. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui-a-Tāne. The totara tree has fallen in Tāne’s great forest.
Ngā mihi nui,
Outward Bound Chief Executive