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12yo surfer makes marathon effort for Typhoon Haiyan victims

By Joanna Crothers, Tuesday November 26, 2013 - 10:15 EDT

A 12-year-old boy from Queensland's Gold Coast has held a marathon eight-hour surfing session on Sunday to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Angus Thomson raised $2,010 to send to people left devastated by the typhoon.

He says he decided to run a 'surf-a-thon' at the Spit after seeing images of the disaster on the news.

He advertised through his school and rallied friends to join him.

He says it was tough to stay out in the surf that long but harder to get up for school the next day.

"I really didn't want to - it was so tiring," he said.

His mum, Nikki Thomson, says she is proud of his efforts.

"He was sunburnt, chaffed, tired but yes, he did a great job," she said.

More than 4,000 people have died as a result of the typhoon, which hit more than a fortnight ago.


- ABC

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