Agnieszka & Urszula: Helping People In Need
Published December 03, 2012 12:00
KRAKOW, Poland - It was a big year for both of the Radwanska sisters - Agnieszka made her first Grand Slam final and went as high as No.2 in the world, Urszula made her first WTA final and broke the Top 30 - but when it comes down to helping others, neither one has let her success get in the way.
For the fourth year in a row the sisters took some time out during the off-season to help out in Poland's Szlachetna Paczka - or "Noble Box" - a charity that sees volunteers go door to door throughout the year compiling a database of families in distress, asking them what would help ease the pressures of the holidays, then, for a three week period from mid-November, donors are given a list of needs to take with them to a supermarket, where they fill a shopping cart with the desired food, household items, clothing and more to donate to them.
This year, the Radwanskas decided to support two single-mother families along with several of their children from their hometown in Krakow, Poland.
"These families are in a particularly difficult situation, because a single mother cares for all of her children and they really need some help," Agnieszka said.
"The shopping list was very long, but we weren't concerned about that or the money - all we wanted for these people was to maintain basic living standards, especially in the Christmas season," Urszula said. "That was our only focus."
"When we were asked a few years ago we didn't have to think long - it's a great joy to be able to help, especially during the holidays," Agnieszka added.
The Radwanskas will spend Christmas Eve in Krakow before leaving for the other side of the world the next morning to prepare for Week 1 of the new season - Urszula Radwanska is playing in Brisbane, Australia, while Agnieszka Radwanska will be playing in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Noble Box project was recently supported by Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid - it also received a special blessing from Pope Benedict XVI.
And to learn more about the Noble Box project, please click here.