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Run for Freedom

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The Run for Freedom vision is to help get disabled people an electric wheelchair, provide them with education and ultimately a job, using running and people's love for the outdoors as a means to raise money and awareness. The goal is to help these individuals become empowered, give them purpose and ultimately true freedom. By participating in running events and outdoor activities, we hope to raise awareness and funds to support this cause, and to help make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

"When we run for freedom, we run for those who cannot."
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Join the Run for Freedom Movement and Help Empower the Disabled Community - You Can Make a Difference Today!

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most? Join the Run for Freedom movement and help us empower the disabled community through electric wheelchairs, rehabilitation, education, and employment opportunities. With your support, we can give individuals with disabilities the freedom to live their lives to the fullest. Join us today and be a part of something truly meaningful.

"Running towards freedom, one step at a time."

Join our Run for Freedom movement and start your own event to help make a difference in the lives of disabled individuals. You can make a difference today!

Jo Lodder running the last part of the Lantau Trail for Run for Freedom

Breaking Barriers and Running for Freedom: The Jo Lodder Story?

Jo Lodder's journey with Run for Freedom began with his personal struggles and setbacks, which ultimately led him to realize the power of consistency and the need to make a positive impact in his community. After becoming the first person to complete the 5 trails and raising HKD 450,000 for disabled individuals, Jo's vision for Run for Freedom has grown into a movement that inspires people to use their love of running and the outdoors to make a difference in the world. His fun and professional approach to charity has encouraged many to join the cause and empower those in need with electric wheelchairs, rehabilitation, education, and employment opportunities.

"Running brings joy to me and I want to share that joy with those who can't experience it themselves." - Jo Lodder

The Run for Freedom Process: Empowering the Disabled Through Electric Wheelchairs, Rehabilitation, Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship

"Through education and employment, we can break barriers and build a better world for all."
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Empowering the Disabled Community with Electric Wheelchairs

At Run for Freedom, we are committed to empowering the disabled community by providing them with the tools they need to live independent and fulfilling lives. One of the ways we do this is by raising funds to provide electric wheelchairs to those who need them. We believe that mobility is a basic human right, and electric wheelchairs can provide a new level of freedom and independence to those with disabilities. By providing these chairs, we hope to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve and help them overcome the challenges they face every day. Join us in our mission to empower and support the disabled community.

Empowering Disabled Individuals through Rehabilitation

Run for Freedom is committed to helping disabled individuals regain their independence through rehabilitation. Our program utilizes running and outdoor activities to provide a fun and engaging way for disabled individuals to exercise and work towards their rehabilitation goals. Our team of experienced trainers work closely with each individual to develop a personalized training plan that addresses their unique needs and challenges. Through this process, we aim to empower disabled individuals, help them regain their confidence and independence, and ultimately improve their quality of life.

Helping disabled people get their superpower
"Disability does not mean inability - let's help everyone discover their superpowers."
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Empowering Disabled Individuals Through Education

At Run for Freedom, we believe that education is key to empowering individuals with disabilities. We understand that many disabled individuals face challenges when it comes to accessing education, whether it's due to mobility issues or lack of resources. That's why we strive to make education accessible to everyone we work with. By providing specialized education and training programs, we help individuals with disabilities discover their unique strengths and abilities, and ultimately find their "superpower". We believe that education is a powerful tool that can help disabled

Empowering the Disabled through Employment and Entrepreneurship

Run for Freedom believes that disability should not hinder anyone from achieving their dreams and goals. That's why we offer support and resources to help disabled individuals find employment or even start their own business. We provide job training, mentoring, and connections to potential employers and investors. We believe that everyone has a superpower, and we are committed to helping disabled people harness their skills and talents to become successful and independent. By providing the necessary tools and resources, we aim to give them true purpose and ultimate absolute freedom.

Jo Lodder helping people of disability with Run for Freedom

Visit our charities

Check out the below information on the charities we will work with to realize our vision 

1st Steps Association helping people of disability with Jo Lodder
1st Steps Associations supported by Run for Freedom

1st Steps Association

Helping people who can not walk, become mobile and part of the community.

1st Step Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1999. They aim at providing extensive and empowering services and care to people resulted from work injury or other accidents and their families through establishing support groups, where members may assist each other and in turn, assist themselves.

Sensational supported by Jo Lodder

SENsational Foundation

We enable equal opportunities for people with different abilities and strive to create an inclusive environment for all.

SENsational works to dispel common misconceptions about disabilities and use effective training methods to pave the way for an open-minded approach towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in the corporate world.  

Sensational Training Event
Jo Lodder with Love 21 Foundation
Love 21 and Run for Freedom


LOVE 21 is a charity dedicated to empowering the Down syndrome and autistic community in Hong Kong through sport, nutrition, and holistic support programmes.


Since the launch of our comprehensive nutrition programme in 2021, we’ve provided one-on-one nutritional support on top of the sports classes that we’ve offered. We’ve also recently expanded into providing counselling support for the parents of our community.

Run for Freedom Partners

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5 Trails in 5 Days: A Triumph for Freedom

Celebrating the completion of the 5 in 5 Challenge

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5 trails in 5 days

Jo Lodder holds the distinction of being the first person in history to complete the 5 trails, which involves running a total of 388 kilometers and d+ 19,500m in elevation around alll of Hong Kong. Not only did he complete this incredible feat, but he also raised over HKD 450,000 in the process, which went towards helping disabled individuals in the community. Jo's determination and dedication to the cause have inspired many to join the Run for Freedom movement and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

The Challenge

390 KM with 19,500M of Elevation 🏃🏻🏃🏻

The Trails:

👉 The Tinworth Trail - 93km / 5,000m elevation

👉 The Wilson Trail - 78km / 4,600m elevation

👉 The Hong Kong Trail - 50km / 2,000m elevation

👉 The Maclehose Trail - 100km / 4,600m elevation

👉 The Lantau Trail - 70km / 3,300km elevation 

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