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Nadia Helps Build Habitat Home

WARSAW, Poland - Nadia Petrova didn't just come to Warsaw for the J&S Cup; just before main draw action begins at the Tier II event, the world No.9 was on hand for a women-only build, a project designed to recruit, train and empower women to help build housing throughout Europe for the socio-economically disadvantaged. This initiative is a joint effort between Whirpool, Habitat For Humanity and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

Petrova was joined by now-retired players Magdalena Grzybowska of Poland and Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands, along with many local volunteers, in working on various projects on a warm, sunny Saturday in the Polish capital. The players had a great time working and even had time to relax after being invited to a traditional Polish barbecue, where they got to know the volunteers a little bit better.

Women-only builds are made possible by the Aces For Homes program, which sees the Tour and Whirlpool donating €10 to Habitat For Humanity every time a player fires an ace in the season. A minimum of €90,000 of that is committed to women-only builds, benefiting families in European countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Macedonia. Since it was established in 1998, women-only builds have completed over 350 homes.

"After the incredible and very rewarding experience of helping a Romanian family on a similar project in 2005, it was an honor to be invited back to help another family here in Poland and represent the Tour and Whirlpool as an ambassador," said Petrova, who also helped build a house under the program two years ago.

"Whirlpool is extremely proud and very excited to be working on this important scheme in tandem with the remarkable efforts of Habitat for Humanity and the Tour," said Giuseppe Perucchetti, Senior VP of Market Operations at Whirlpool Europe. "We are delighted that we are joined by such a high profile players like Nadia who has shown terrific resolve and goodwill not just on the courts but also off by participating in this worthwhile cause."

"Parents responsible for the well-being of so many children are increasingly being denied access to a most basic human right that greatly impacts their development - a home," said Don Haszczyn, Area VP, Europe and Central Asia at Habitat For Humanity. "Thanks to Aces For Homes, many families in Europe will benefit from some hard hitting action. We thank the players, Whirlpool and The Tour for giving them the right to call themselves homeowners."

Overcrowding, dampness and poor sanitation are common occurrences for many of Poland's low-income families, particularly those in the town of Gloskow, the site identified by Whirlpool and Habitat For Humanity for this year's build. Research has shown that poor living conditions can have a negative impact on children's psychological well-being as well as leading to parents complaining of the public shame of living in poor housing.

The first Aces For Homes campaign ran from June 2005 to November 2006, and was a great success, raising €163,000 and helping rebuild 45 homes in the city of Nochikuppam, India, a region that was decimated by the tsunami disaster. The program's second run began at Paris in February, an event won by Petrova, and concludes at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid this coming November.

For more information on Habitat For Humanity, please visit its official Website at www.habitat.org/eca/. Whirlpool Europe, visit www.whirlpool.eu.

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Warsaw, Poland (April 28): Nadia Petrova (center) was on hand for one of Habitat For Humanity's women-only builds on Saturday. Former players Magdalena Grzybowska and Kristie Boogert, as well as numerous volunteers, were also on the job.
 

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Thank u very much Nadia :)
 

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good on her... she always does heaps of stuff for the charities and always does the interviews... good on her! WOOO!

GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK NADIA!
 

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I thought Nadia is a cold and heartless bitch...:(

:rolleyes:

Nadia :hug:
Good to see her getting involved in helping people. :)
 

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:)
 

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I thought Nadia is a cold and heartless bitch...:(

:rolleyes:

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Good to see her getting involved in helping people. :)

sometimes we can never judge a person by their demeanor on court...
they are different in reality usually...nadia seems really nice during interviews and off-court appearances!
 

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Nadia is always giving.:)
 

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sometimes we can never judge a person by their demeanor on court...
they are different in reality usually...nadia seems really nice during interviews and off-court appearances!
Yes, I'm very well aware of that. Unfortunately a lot of people aren't.
 
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