Boxing for Orphans: Polish Sisters Get Creative to Pay for Orphanage’s Renovations

By Nancy Flory Published on March 31, 2018

A order of Polish sisters have taken up boxing to fund an orphanage’s renovation. 

The Capuchin Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Siennica, Poland, have added boxing to their daily routine to help pay for the Mother Weronika Orphanage’s renovations. They posted a video on their Facebook page. 

“We’d like to stress no one was knocked out or injured,” said Sister Cecylia Pytka. “We hadn’t had much luck collecting funds for the renovation and needed some way of attracting public interest. That’s when a friend arranged for us to get into boxing.” 

The sisters explained their need on Facebook: 

The renovation must be done quickly due to the official regulations. It is all for the children’s safety so we take the challange. The costs are huge — that’s why we ask you for your help.
Thank you so much for helping / sharing this post — we will pray for you.

The sisters have raised a third of their goal of $88,000 so far. According to Catholic Herald, they need the renovations to start by June to comply with safety regulations.

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“Of course, we’re pleased with the publicity and hope we can reach our target,” said Sister Cecylia. She added that the children at the orphanage aren’t surprised by their boxing. “We’re always having crazy ideas.”

Some of the sisters had trouble with giggling during the filming, but Sister Cecylia said they don’t really need to know how to box each other.

“This was a spontaneous idea, which took shape as we did it,” she said. “Convents like ours are free to come up with ways of publicizing their work, and this seems quite a promising one. If people trust us and wish to help, they’ll be assured of our thanks and prayers.”

Since 1996, the Mother Weronika Orphanage has been the home of about 100 abandoned children.

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