Sir David Akers-Jones, founder, mentor and former Chairman of Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation, passed away peacefully in Hong Kong on 30th September 2019. The Management Council, office team, students and friends of Wu Zhi Qiao wish to express our most sincere condolence to his family and friends.
Sir David lived to 92. It was a celebration of life for he has achieved a lot in his long life time! He was an important political figure and an outstanding civil servant of Hong Kong. Sir David arrived in Hong Kong in the 1950s, after serving three years in the Malayan Civil Service and joined the Hong Kong Government in the summer of 1957. He was the Chief Secretary from 1985 to 1987 and had been the acting Governor for a few months. In earlier years Sir David served as District Officers in a few districts and as Secretary for the New Territories in charge of the work of New Territories to develop new towns to improve the lives of residents. Were it not because of his foresight and determination, today we won’t have Shatin, Tai Po and many other New Territories cities.
But he was close to our hearts for his contribution to Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation. He was there right at the very beginning of our bridge to China! He saw its inception and its growth. He loved our students and was proud of our projects. He insisted to go on site to ensure quality control and encourage our volunteers. Sir David first participated with volunteers to build bridges in rural village of Gansu province in 2005. He once said, “There is much more to building a bridge than the completion of the structure. No matter how small or wide the water which has been crossed, or a gap which has been closed, there is always a lasting of surprise and delight at having removed a barrier separating places or people from one another. Our aim is to reach out to people living in remote places, to build the bridges they need, and to build bridges of the mind and spirit cementing peoples together.” His passion and vision laid an important foundation for Wu Zhi Qiao and we are now passing on the torch of his vision to our 12th anniversary year with over 4,000 volunteers involved in the past projects.
Professor Joseph Sung, Chairman of the Foundation announced that Wu Zhi Qiao will build a footbridge for villagers in rural areas of China to name after Sir David, as to pay tribute to his contribution to Hong Kong and the Foundation.
Together we helped bridge a lot of rural places in China and students from Hong Kong, China and the World!
“Sir David, you will be truly missed.”