Tumbling skills put to good use

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
Griffin Gehlhaar-Lacy,
ANDY JACKSON

Griffin Gehlhaar-Lacy, 17 from New Plymouth summersaults as he makes his way around the course.

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Griffin Gehlhaar-Lacy walked or somersaulted for more than two hours during the Relay for Life this weekend.

The New Plymouth 17-year-old was one of more than 1000 people who took part in the Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life held at the Pukekura Raceway Function Centre in New Plymouth.

Griffin was a cheerleader with Elite Cheer and he showed off his tumbling skills on Saturday for a bit of fun, he said.

Cancer Society Taranaki centre manager Jenny Henderson said the event had raised more than $125,000.

More than 300 high school kids, including 117 from Opunake took part this year, she said.

"And lots of kids came up from Hawera and Stratford."

The weather had been fantastic, making it easier for those who walked through the night.

At 2.30am it was quiet, with no wind, she said.

The Cancer Society announced it was employing its first field officer for South Taranaki.

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