Working in the community has been one of the most important parts of my life. That’s not just words, it really has given me so much pleasure to realise that I can help people’s lives and communities.
Les McGreevy 1942 – 2019
Outward Bound has many wonderful supporters who recognise the powerful impact of leaving a bequest, knowing it may be the most transformational gift they will ever make.
One of these wonderful people was the kind and generous Les McGreevy.
In 1962, at 20, Les embarked on the second ever Outward Bound NZ course. In 2002, when he was 60, Les came back to complete a second course.
Self-made Les never thought of himself as a philanthropist, despite the 50 odd years he spent volunteering his time and donating money to charities locally and nationally.
Les once said that “apart from family and work, what I do in the community, has been by far the biggest interest in my life.
Les regarded his work in community organisations as a pleasure, not a burden. He had a favourite Winston Churchill quotation: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Les was and always will be a cherished friend to Outward Bound, and a fierce advocate for community service.
His legacy will last for many years into the future. His bequest has enabled so many young New Zealanders to experience Outward Bound as he did himself.
Les McGreevy (above) was inspired by the Outward Bound motto, “To serve, to strive and not to yield.”