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May 31, 2010

Meet Roswitha Papendorf, a 65-year-old Cape Town 2010 volunteer

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Foot bridge at Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville.Photo courtesy DanieVDM

A 65-year-old soccer fan from Durbanville is so keen to be part of the FIFA 2010 World Cup™ that she’s volunteered her services free of charge, along with 600 other Capetonians, one of whom is 10 years older than she is!

With her distinctive orange uniform at the ready, Roswitha Papendorf says she plans to promote a positive vibe among the thousands of overseas visitors expected in the Mother City during Africa’s first World Cup event.

When she’s not helping with the soccer event, this spirited elder is active within her own community, helping to care for abandoned children at the Kingdom Kiddies’ Home in Eversdal.

Lesley de Reuck, director of operations and co-ordination for the Cape Town event, says volunteers attended weekend training sessions covering relevant topics such as customer service, first aid, security, tourism, social responsibility, transport and municipal procedures, to prepare them for the task ahead.

She said volunteers were chosen for their enthusiasm, social skills, common sense and proficiency in a number of languages, which will be put to good use when they perform their duties at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town International Airport and at hotels accommodating officials and soccer teams.

“The wealth of experience and exposure that they accumulate during the World Cup, will be ploughed back into their respective communities,” adds De Reuck.

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