Multicultural story helps fund trip

16:00, Feb 27 2014
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FAMILY TIES: Bill Wang has published The Adventures in Cleverland and is selling copies to fundraise for son George’s Europe trip.

A father is doing what he can, including selling one of the family cars, to fundraise for a $7000 musical trip for his son.

Bill Wang of Forrest Hill has taken over fundraising duties from son George, who gave up busking because of his packed academic schedule.

George is set to perform across Europe in July as part of a joint Westlake boys and girls' high schools trip.

Mr Wang is selling the family's second car, a 2000 Honda Odyssey, and has published The Adventures in Cleverland which comes with English and Chinese translations.

"I was encouraged by George because when he was nine he wrote a book," Mr Wang says.

"It was more a short story," George says.


Inspired by his son and the beauty of Tiritiri Matangi Island, the book follows five children of all cultural backgrounds who solve maths equations on their travels.

Mr Wang says many children are "scared" of maths despite its importance.

The bilingual book represents the growing relationship between New Zealand and China, he says.

George says his trip will take him to places such as Singapore, Germany and Hungary, performing at concerts along the way.

A self-taught composer, George says he is grateful for all the work his father is doing to support him.

"I might be biased... I see that my dad is working quite hard and furiously to fundraise."

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