Against the Odds
Tatler Hong Kong|January 2022
Hoyi Lam helps athletes with intellectual disabilities fulfil their sporting dreams
Tara Sobti

When Hoyi Lam joined her family business in 2015, she knew she wanted to use her power and status for good. Her family is known for its real estate projects in Hong Kong and mainland China, but Lam has also thrown her support behind ensuring that people with disabilities get access to sport and education.

Alongside her role as senior vice president of Lai Fung Holdings and Lai Sun Development, Lam also serves as the CEO of her family’s charity, the Por Yen Charitable Foundation, and last year was appointed chairman of Special Olympics Hong Kong (SOHK), the city’s branch of the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Lam became involved with Special Olympics after Por Yen sponsored a bowling competition at the Special Olympics World Games. There, she saw how the event transcended politics, gender, age, culture, and religion. “No other event in the world has the same social and emotional impact,” she says.

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