'Roosterkoek' vendor invited to Italy, local man crowd funds for her

'Roosterkoek' vendor invited to Italy, local man crowd funds for her

- An elderly woman has been given the chance of a lifetime

- A group of Italians have invited her to Italy to make Roosterkoeks for them

- A local man has set up a crowd fund for her trip

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A group of Italian cyclists have invited a local woman to a special event in Europe after tasting her delicious Roosterkoek.

Poppie van As from Cape Town was asked to cook Roosterkoek at an event in Montagu when a group of Italian cyckists invited her to their home-town in Italy after tasting her Roosterkoek and hearing story.

Poppie is an underpriveleged elderly lady, so getting to Europe might have been a little difficult for her. This is why a fellow Capetonian named Stan Engelbrecht has stepped up to raise funds for her.

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The woman runs a humble roosterkoek stand on the N1 in Laingsburg.

According to Stan, he met the 63-year-old six years ago when he asked her to come prepare her famous treats at a cycling event.

“Over the years she has made ‘roosterkoek’ at all my races, and she has become part of the family so to speak.”

Stan organises the Eroica in Montagu, which is an Italian event. He manages the event and invited Poppie to make ‘roosterkoek’ for the Italian riders.

Roosterkoek is the traditional bread to accompany a braai. They are balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals.

When the Italians tasted it, they were so impressed that they invited Poppie to attend a cycling event in Italy.

Stan set up a crowdfund to pay for Poppie to have a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy. This trip will be the first time the woman leaves the country.

“We will be flying from Cape Town to Bologna on 25 September 2019, and we would like to close donations on 15 September 2019.

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The funds raised will go towards visa applications, travel and some clothes for the trip. When she gets to Italy, she ewill be provided with spending money and accommodation.

"We want to give Poppie the best, richest possible experience, and every little bit will help to make this a life-changing trip for her.”

A BackaBuddy crowd fund page has been opened for her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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