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Paul Lougheed from Warrnambool raises funds to build a climbing wall in Siem Reap, Cambodia | The standard

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A climbing wall being built in Cambodia and funded by a man from Warrnambool is nearing completion. In February, Paul Lougheed launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $3,465 for the wall in Siem Reap after the previous climbing wall was permanently closed in 2021. Mr Lougheed is $400 away from his goal. weeks,” he said. He said the wall is 95% complete and awaiting certification. The closure of a climbing venue for redevelopment in Siem Reap has left climbing instructor and project coordinator Sry Kimsroy and young sports enthusiasts without a place to train, learn and socialise. That’s when Mr. Lougheed came in. He and his family stayed in touch with Mr Kimsroy after they first met when they tried rock climbing in 2011 and visited on a return trip in 2018. Mr Lougheed said many of the contributions financial resources were substantial, enabling it to complete the project on schedule. “Those who contributed could see the impact it would have on local young people and appreciated the opportunity to contribute,” he said. He said the wall provided a sustainable sports option in Siem Reap for young people. Mr Lougheed said the wall would initially be set up as a not-for-profit venture and would be supported by a team of instructors. “All the work to date has been done by locals, including considerable volunteer work,” he said. “There are also landscaping and marketing to complete the project.” Mr. Lougheed and his wife will return to Cambodia in February 2023. OTHER NEWS: Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: Now just a click away with our new app: Digital subscribers now have the option to receive information faster, at their fingertips with The Standard: Have you signed up for the The Standard’s daily newsletter and breaking news emails? ? You can sign up below and make sure you’re up to date with everything happening in the Southwest.