Running for a cause in Asia

Hong Kong investment banker Mo Yee Lam combines her love of extreme sports with her passion for good causes. Whether racing or fundraising, the only question is how far she can go.

When Lam competed in a 250-kilometer, seven-day ultramarathon in Madagascar this year, she surpassed her initial goal of raising 1 million Hong Kong dollars (US129,000) for two organizations, including Habitat China. In previous years, Lam has helped build Habitat homes in Vietnam, China and Thailand, raising funds for each.

“A house is more than a house,” Lam says. “It’s where a family grows together. It’s where people can cultivate their dignity and plan for the future. It gives them a springboard out of poverty.”

Lam considers herself to have received more than she’s given. “Inspiration, reward and fulfillment are some of the things I receive by giving. This is why I’ve continued to support Habitat.”