King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - A Messenger of Peace - Has Gone Home24.01.2015
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, aged 90. King Abdullah was the driving force behind the Messengers of Peace project, now the flagship programme of World Scouting.
In November 2001, King Abdullah invited Scouts around the world to be Messengers of Peace and in the last 26 months, since the project has gone online, over 600 million service hours have been registered. Every day, Scouts share their projects, both big and small, to show their contributions to be Messengers of Peace.
KISC has fully embraced the Messengers of Peace initiative since it has been launched; and we are proud to be a Messenger of Peace since our founding in 1923. Staff training in MoP ensures that our guests can receive the best possible experience from activities like our service projects during their stay, and the link between KISC and Messengers of Peace is ongoing. With the continued support of this project, KISC will continue to be a Messenger of Peace for years to come.
King Abdullah was a true friend to Scouting and he will be greatly missed. We mourn with Scouts all around the world at the passing of a man who gave so much to Scouting and inspired many to leave this world a little better than they found it.
Myriam Heidelberger (CH)