With support of Swire Properties, the Outward Bound Hong Kong organised the first HK VERTICAL 1000 at One Island East in 2017. 34 adventurers who abseiled 1,000 feet to the ground from the top of the building raised HK$1.7million and some of them were the senior executives from large corporations such as Securities and Futures Commission, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, KPMG and Deloitte.
This year, the Outward Bound Hong Kong will host the second HK Vertical 1000 in November. Taikoo Place office tenants are encouraged to join the adventure on 22 November and all office workers are welcome to witness the unique moments and cheer for the abseilers throughout the day. 3 well-known athletes including Hong Kong long-distance runner Christy Yiu Kit-ching, defending bun scrambling competition champion Jason Kwok Ka-ming, and one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated climbers Yau Ka-chun will collaborate for the first time, abseiling down 1,000 feet to the ground level for charity.
The same team who designed and delivered the two similar events in London - Descent of the Shard (2012) and The City Three Peaks (2015), and the first Vertical 1000 in Hong Kong will be returning this year to help participants to achieve the breath-taking adventure.
With an initial donation of HK$50,000, adventurers can participate in this incredible fundraising event, which aims to raise $3 million to help develop the young people in Hong Kong, and every additional HK$5,000 raised will pay for one young person to attend an Outward Bound course. The more funds raised through this event, the more young people Outward Bound Hong Kong can support in the coming year.
All participants are required to undertake a three-hour training course in November led by Iain Peter, world renowned mountain guide and the Executive Director of Outward Bound International, prior to the abseiling events. Taken place at YMCA King’s Park, the comprehensive training programme will equip each participant with all the necessary skills to complete the challenge at One Island East.
Over the years, more than two hundred thousand participants, including young offenders, youth at risk of gang involvement, drug rehabilitants, ethnic minorities, survivors of cancer, the physically disabled, etc., have benefited from Outward Bound experience. Funds raised from the event will help support young people of Hong Kong who would otherwise not have the means or opportunity, to have access to challenging and adventurous Outward Bound courses. These courses help young people in developing their self-confidence, skills and positive attitudes, which in turn aid future success at school, work and for life.