City Hall Asks Wealthy to Help Fund Water Festival

Phnom Penh City Hall has launched an appeal for the country’s wealthy to help fund this year’s Water Festival in the capital, which is set to return next month after being canceled for the past three years.

The municipality announced in August that the three-day festival would return on November 5 for the first time since 353 people were killed in a stampede on the last night of the festival in 2010.

In a statement circulated Sunday, City Hall requested help in raising the funds necessary to hold the event.

“In order for this year’s festival to be successful, Phnom Penh City Hall kindly appeals to all excellencies, okhnas, chumtievs, as well as all businesspeople or investors and generous people [to] please join together to provide donations like money or equipment…for the Water Festival’s boat racers,” it says.

The money will go toward the festival’s 36 boats and 2,432 racers, it says.

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said he was unsure how short on money the municipality was, but said donations of boat-racing equipment, such as oars or decorations, were also welcome.

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