Guten tag! Clarence is off to Austria
IN LESS than eight weeks' time, Mullaway local Clarence Harre, 17, will be saying "tschuss" to his friends and family for his first big adventure overseas as he embarks on a year-long Rotary exchange to Austria.
Over the past year, Clarence has been tirelessly working with Woolgoolga Rotary and other local businesses to raise money to fund his entire trip from, plane tickets to spending money.
Now just weeks away from jet-setting to Austria, Clarence is not far off his fundraising target and is grateful for the overwhelming support from the Woolgoolga and wider Coffs Coast community.
"It's a lot more exciting now I'm close to meeting my goal, in the beginning it was a real challenge," Clarence said.
"I'm really thankful for the help from the local community."
A week-long school excursion is the longest Clarence has been away from home and he said he's ready to experience life living with his host family in West Vienna.
"I don't know what to expect," he said.
"I've never done anything like this before, it's like a blank canvas."
During his exchange, Clarence hopes to learn more about Austria's sustainable energy management and see snow for the first time.
A fundraising raffle will be held at the Rotary Auction next Saturday to support Clarence and other Rotary exchange students, with a variety of prizes donated by local businesses.
Clarence flies out to Austria in January.