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PUBLISHED: 17:20 23 June 2010

AN Ely man is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for a small village in Cambodia by taking part in a charity squash marathon.

AN Ely man is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for a small village in Cambodia by taking part in a charity squash marathon.

David Ballard heard about the plight of villagers in Prek Toal through his friend John Blunt who regularly visits the community to do missionary work and decided he would put his love of squash to good use by taking on a eight-hour squash marathon to raise money.

Ballard, who is chairman of Ely Rugby Club, will be playing the energy sapping game at the Paradise Centre in Ely on July 4 from 10am-6pm against dozens of volunteers. It is hoped the money raised will go towards clothes and food for the children in the community.

Ely has been unofficially twinned with the small community in Cambodia l for a number of years. The twinning was at the suggestion of Bishop Michael the Catholic Bishop of East Anglia who, having seen the country for himself, felt inspired to ask parishes all over the Diocese to contact and support people in Cambodia.

Prek Toal itself is a loose community floating on the huge inland Tonle Sap lake. Its people live in tethered floating huts which rise and fall with the surface of the lake, trade from floating shops and fish in the lake for their food.

To sponsor David contact him on 07922105277, or the paradise centre on 01353 667580.

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