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Our Poppie Goes To Italy!

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**Thank you for the overwhelming response we have received over the last weeks. We've met our initial target of R45 000 sooner than we thought. And this gave us an idea... a little while ago myself and Donnet started working on a documentary about Poppie. The story will be exploring her personal history, her life today and of course her trip to Italy and how it will shape her life. With our new fundraising target of R100 000 we plan to invest the additional funds we raise into this documentary project. With Poppie’s blessing, a 50% share of all potential profits resulting from the documentary will go to her. We are proud to be able to tell her story.**

My name is Stan Engelbrecht, I'm 43 and I live in Cape Town. I am raising funds for my dear friend Poppie van As, an elderly underprivileged lady who has a small roadside 'roosterbrood' stand on the N1 in Laingsburg.

Poppie and I met by chance about 6 years ago, and I asked her to come and prepare her now-famous 'roosterbrood' at a few of the bicycling races I organise. Over the years she has made 'roosterbrood' at all my races, and she has become part of the family.

One of the events I organize is Eroica South Africa in Montagu, and of course Poppie was there to make 'roosterbrood' for the weary riders. Eroica is an Italian event that I manage locally. During their visit the Italian representatives were so impressed with Poppie, and so touched by her incredible life story, that they invited her to Gaiole, Italy to attend the main Eroica event as a special guest. Since Poppie might struggle travelling overseas on her own for the first time in her life, myself and my girlfriend Donnet will be escorting her.

Search for @poppievanas on Instagram and follow her adventure! 

We've already shot some incredible footage of Poppie so far, and we're very excited about the prospect of our full-lenght documentary. Watch the first teaser for 'A Diamond in the Sand' - The Story Of Poppie Van As HERE

Since Poppie has never left the Western Cape in her life, we decided to take this opportunity to show her Italy for 10 days and take her on a road trip. It has always been her dream to travel overseas. At 63 and being from a poor community, she might never have the opportunity to do so again. Having known Poppie for 6 years I know that this is a dream-come-true for her, and this experience will change her life forever. Please be part of it!

If you donate R250 or more, Poppie will send you personal postcard all the way from Italy!

Eroica Italy have paid for Poppie's plane ticket, and will host her during the 3-day event. We will be flying from Cape Town to Bologna on 25 September 2019, and needed to raise about R45 000 to make the rest of Poppie's once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy as special as possible.

The first R45 000 we've raised here will go towards Poppie's visa appointment, travel to-and-from Cape Town, getting her a few things that will make her comfortable on her first airplane trip, and her first visit overseas! Just some suitable clothing and sensible shoes maybe. We want her to feel comfortable and confident.

In Italy the funds will provide a bit of spending money for Poppie, and will go towards accommodation, food and travel expenses while we are there. We have this one opportunity to show her Venice, Rome, and some of the wonderful things Italy has to offer, and it would be sad to miss out on something simply because we can't afford it. 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.

If you pass there on the N1, please be sure to stop and buy a 'roosterbrood' or 3 - she would love to meet you! 

Donations

  • Aug 18, 2019 - USD $ 79.25
  • "Tannie Poppie - jy hoef nie vir my 'n poskaart te stuur nie. Dit kos teveel. Maak net seker dat ons iewers van jou fotos kan sien. Ek bly in Kanada en jou storie het my hartsnare geroer. " - Irma McDonald

  • Aug 17, 2019 - USD $ 5.08
  • "Wens jy geniet jouself vreeslik baie in Italië! xox" - Louis Ikahihifo

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Your Roosterkoek literally saved my life on Tour of Ara 2016!" - Ross

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Wys maar die wereld jou suid afrikaaner hart! Bless love Fannie ek hoop om even sag jou roosterbrood te kan prue " - Candi

  • Aug 16, 2019 - USD $ 34.53
  • "Groot opwinding! Ek sien so uit na die foto's en stories wat nog kom. Geniet!" - Ingrid

  • Aug 16, 2019 - USD $ 3.57
  • "Geniet tannie Poppie - van Adelaide, Australië." - Lara du Plooy

  • Aug 16, 2019 - USD $ 3.45
  • "Enjoy!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Gaan Geniet Tannie Poppie!!!" - Paulo

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Geniet dit tannie poppie! " - Jana

  • Aug 16, 2019 - USD $ 24.16
  • "Have a wonderful trip! Save travels." - Felix

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Geniet dit Poppie!!" - Dewald Bosman

  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Geniet legend " - James McCormack

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Roosterkoek > Focaccia. Go Poppie!" - Werner

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Buon Viaggio" - Alten

  • Aug 13, 2019 - USD $ 17.19
  • "Love this project, Stan. And it's touching to see where you are taking Poppie." - Bas Rotgans

  • Aug 13, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Geniet " - Danie

  • Aug 13, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "GOOI Tannie Poppie GOOI!!! " - Carl

  • Aug 13, 2019 - R 260.00
  • "Go for it Poppie! Keep on making great roosterkoeke!!" - Mike and Bobby Gedye (Mr&Mrs;)

  • Aug 13, 2019 - USD $ 3.44
  • "Geniet hom, Groete uit New Zealand " - Johan

  • Aug 12, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Enjoy a glass of Vino for me in Bologna Poppie. " - Lee Scholtz

  • Aug 12, 2019 - USD $ 17.24
  • "Genietdit" - polardoc

  • Aug 12, 2019 - USD $ 12.07
  • "good luck! " - anon

  • Aug 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Tannie Poppie, jy trap reeds diep spore in hierdie geweste en ek weet smommer jy gaan lekker stof op skop daar in die verte. Geniet dit terdee!!" - John-Randel

  • Aug 10, 2019 - USD $ 68.96
  • "Hoop en glo dit gaan fantasties wees! Geniet dit baie! " - Lizinda

  • Aug 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Ciao Poppie, have the best time" - The Sots

  • Aug 09, 2019 - R 609.00
  • "Have youself a grand time Poppie" - Farouk and Jules

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "To Tannie Poppie, with love. The world will be inspired by your charm. We can’t wait to hear more of your story. " - Zane and Monique

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Safe travels. Mangiare!" - Roosterkoek lover

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 260.00
  • "Enjoy it Poppie!!" - Barry

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 260.00
  • "Dit is 'n voorreg om iemand soos Tannie Poppie te help om 'n droom te laat realiseer!" - Philip Erasmus

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 249.00
  • "Have fun Tannie Poppie, show them how to Vastrap!" - Jared

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "genie dit , tannie! Moet net nie lat Stan jou lat fietsry nie!" - Piet

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 17.61
  • "A fantastic unselfish contributor to Eroica South Africa and deservedly earns this trip to Eroica, Italy!" - Sven van Straaten

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "So pleased to have the opportunity to support your trip to Italy Poppie. " - Charles

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Enjoy" - Stuart

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 278.88
  • "Show the Italians how we make focaccia in South Africa! Godere!" - Lance

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Tannie moet kom roosterkoeke bak by die Transbaviaans. Gaan geniet Italie my tannie" - Olav

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Geniet dit!" - Pieter

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 66.97
  • "Poppie! Your energy and positive spirit is infectious. Hope you have any amazing time in italy x" - Rich J

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 140.90
  • "I’ll be in Italy. I hope we can get together and celebrate." - Bob Minsky

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Have the most amazing time!" - Pippa Dickson

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "You are an inspiration!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 70.45
  • "Jou attitude is aansteeklik" - Maries

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Snapscan" - Deirdre Dumas

  • Aug 07, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Wishing you a wonderful trip Poppie!" - Chris & Jenny

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 13.45
  • "Go show those Italians good South African food" - Noelle Peacock

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 33.49
  • "Well done Aunty Poppie...Enjoy every moment of this journey and don't be worried about anything....this is YOUR moment. " - Tasha

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "good luck poppie" - robert schimmel

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you the best adventure Tannie Poppie - geniet!" - Tanyth

  • Aug 06, 2019 - USD $ 35.38
  • "Hi Poppie, enjoy the journey. I hope, I meet you next year at the Eroica South Africa. Detlev from Cologne/Germany" - Detlev Brandt

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Have a wonderful trip to Italy, Poppie. I wish I was going with you" - Jacky du Plessis

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Geniet!" - Karin

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Bon Voyage Poppie!" - Stef & Lisba

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 33.00
  • "Happy Birthday DD " - M & S

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 17.79
  • "Hoop jy het n onvergeetlike reis na Italië tannie Poppie " - Lynnae

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Enjoy it all!!!" - Wayne

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 21.35
  • "Poppie, we are so happy for you! Go see the world." - Cameron Barnes

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 142.29
  • "Bon voyage Poppie... Have a magical time, and show the Italians how it's done!" - Neira & Adrian

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Wow! Enjoy the warmth, food and people. " - Anne

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 17.79
  • "Geniet die ongelooflike reis en koester elke oomblik. Jy is 'n pragtige mens en verdien dit." - Sara Erasmus

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 35.57
  • "Have fun tannie Poppie! " - Lara

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 300.00
  • "Dit sal amazing wees en u verdien dit Antie Poppie.. God bless you xx" - Cindy

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 14.23
  • "Have fun Tannie Poppie!" - Shane Durrant

  • Aug 05, 2019 - USD $ 6.76
  • "Enjoy the trip!!" - Riaan Cedras

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Sterkte, tannie Poppie! En geniet dit! Daai Italianers weet nie wat's coming their way nie." - Toast Coetzer

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "Have a great trip. Be safe." - Drummy

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Travel safe ???? " - Angela

  • Aug 05, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "Enjoy!!!!" - Stephanie

  • Aug 04, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Enjoy! " - Anonymous

  • Aug 03, 2019 - USD $ 14.33
  • "Have an incredible time!" - Anon

  • Aug 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Aunty Poppie just because you are so beautiful. Have a wonderful trip abroad . " - Kathi K

  • Aug 03, 2019 - USD $ 14.33
  • "Ant Poppie, van een Karookind na 'n ander, geniet dit!" - Karookind

  • Aug 03, 2019 - USD $ 14.33
  • "Have a wonderful trip xx" - Jo-Anne

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Geniet dit. Enjoyed Gaiole Eroica in 2017. " - Ian Moodie

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Have a ball poppie !" - Susanne

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 359.87
  • "Poppie enjoy my other country and show them what South African hospitality is all about. " - Sandra

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Tannie Poppie have an absolute blast in Italy what an experience!" - Darryn Havenga

  • Aug 02, 2019 - USD $ 14.49
  • "Die film sal 'n inspirasie wees vir baie ander mense. " - Nelleke

  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Have an amazing trip enjoy the adventure Safe travels for you all " - Sharon

  • Aug 02, 2019 - USD $ 172.09
  • "I can't wait guys to meet you in Italy " - Amedeo

  • Aug 02, 2019 - USD $ 10.52
  • "Have the best time!" - Shan

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 18.56
  • "Baie geluk Tannie Poppie, from the Uk" - Hannah wehe6

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 14.85
  • "Have a wonderful trip! Many blessings for you Poppie " - Anya

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 148.57
  • "God tur!" - Sophy

  • Aug 01, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Enjoy Italy - from Deon and Maud" - Deon

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 35.31
  • "Wonderful trip!! Enjoy Poppie!! " - Mika

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 24.63
  • "Lekker reis Poppie jy sal Italië so geniet!" - Theunis Verster

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 14.85
  • "Enjoy and bank a lifetime of memories!" - Stephanie

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 14.85
  • "Geniet dit Tannie Poppie, wys vir daai Italianers van ‘n regte roosterkoek!" - Tim Wege

  • Aug 01, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Hallo Tannie Poppie, ek lag lekker saam net Tannie Poppie! Geniet italië. Ciao!" - Alexander Uhlig

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 21.13
  • "Poppie we hope you will have the time of your life and we wish we could meet you soon! We can tell your heart has no borders! To your beautiful smile!" - Xan&Lulu;

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Geniet elke oomblik Tannie Poppie!!" - Ronel

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Lekker Tannie Poppie! Geniet dit! Tannie verdien dit!" - Wayne

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Mag dit 'n ongelooflike ervaring wees, T.Poppie !" - Anonymous

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 28.18
  • "Hi Poppie, I’ll see you in Gaiole in Chianti... please keep me a Roosterkoek and say to Stan that I’ll be waiting a piece of malva pudding ????" - Gabi

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 37.05
  • "Lekker Poppie ,geniet Italia " - Dave and Louise

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Go show the Italians how it’s done! Enjoy, Poppie, you deserve it." - Jon Minster

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 210.78
  • "Hai Poppie - have a great to Italy! Het is baie prachtig. Ons es nu nu ook in Italie" - Johannes

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Geniet die avontuur Poppie" - Eric

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Geniet dit Poppie!!! ????" - Alistair

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Poppie, geniet dit! Leer hulle om to dans. " - Bryant

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 74.10
  • "Amazing adventure to you all! " - Kyla-rose Smith

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Geniet dit, Tannie." - Greg Murray

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 37.05
  • "Happy travels Tannie P !!! I miss you and the delicious roosterbroods ! Come visit if you're near Scotland." - Mattttttt

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 266.30
  • "Geniet dit Poppie!!" - Green

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Geniet die reis Poppie! Eet baie Gelato ????" - Teresa-Ann

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "I think this is classic! What an exciting adventure! Love every moment, there’ll be stories to tell forever! " - Alison

  • Jul 31, 2019 - USD $ 14.82
  • "Hoop jy geniet elke oomblik, Poppie!" - Lida

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "We are passionate about travel and can't wait for Aunty Poppie to experience beautiful Italy! Buon Viaggio xxx" - Club Travel

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 253.75
  • "Have a splendid time in Italy Poppie! " - Charlene

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Have a blast and enjoy this one time in a lifetime opportunity " - Wilma Neels

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Enjoy every minute Poppie " - Wendy Forster

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "Go Poppie go!" - Fritz Zollner

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Geniet jou vakansie, Poppie! " - Anon

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Well done Stan, may you be blessed for your kindness. I'm sure your trip with Poppie will be awesome." - Carol & Charlie

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 25.58
  • "Enjoy every minute xx" - Jo

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 7.41
  • "Have fun Poppie!" - JC

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Love follows you! ??" - Laila Parker

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Have a lekker time. " - Warren

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Have a fantastic trip Poppie!" - Sarah and Craig

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Enjoy!" - F

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing Poppie Bon Voyage and an amazing trip of a lifetime! " - Sandy Hodgkinson

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Have a blast!" - Grant

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Poppie, wishing you a fantastic trip! " - Charlotte Levy

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Fantastic, enjoy Poppie! " - Kate Hawkins

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Enjoy every minute!!" - Marcelle Hampshire

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Have a good trip" - V

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Amazing, go spread your smile around the world. " - Michael

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "My favourite country . Have fun " - ROBERT BEAUMONT

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Geniet elke liewe oomblik! Baie seën" - Marilie

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "Enjoy every moment " - Anon

  • Jul 30, 2019 - USD $ 37.04
  • "Stan, you're a legend! Such an amazing opportunity for Poppie. Those Italians aren't going to look back...roosterkoek will have a new home in Europe!" - James Hallett

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 2.21
  • "Have a lovely trip, Poppie!" - Anon

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 29.43
  • "Enjoy!" - Unknown

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 558.25
  • "How special. Enjoy every moment, Poppie! " - Lizanne

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 5.00
  • "Enjoy" - Anonymous

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 147.17
  • "Hey Stan we are happy to support" - Tam Patelli

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Enjoy Poppie! Cape Town and South Africa are proud of you!" - Anon

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Go well Poppie. We hope you have an amazing trip of a lifetime. " - #teamSINGH

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Have an incredible time Poppie! You sure do deserve it ????" - Chloe Eaton

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Fly Poppie Fly! ????" - Nelien

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 25.75
  • "Lekker Poppie! Geniet jouself gate uit. " - Marc

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Enjoy" - Mauritz Oberholzer

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 116.40
  • "Poppie, geniet jou reis! Wys die Italianers hoe 'n mens lekker Afrka kos maak" - Willie Pretorius

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Have a wonderful trip" - Judy Louw

  • Jul 29, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Enjoy Mam " - Cherylin

  • Jul 26, 2019 - USD $ 223.94
  • "Poppie, jy is ‘n super inspirasie en ek wens jou ‘n topklas trippie toe! " - Nic

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Poppie and I met by chance about 6 years ago, and I asked her to come and prepare her famous 'roosterkoek' at a few of the bicycling races I organise. Over the years she has made 'roosterkoek' at all my races, and she has become part of the family so to speak.