Martina visits Mother House, donates for 'Sishu Bhavan'
Kolkata, Sept. 19 (PTI): "The visit to Mother House is very important and inspirational," said tennis star Martina Hingis after going round the global headquarters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity here today.
"People can hardly emulate the things she (Mother Teresa) has done." Martina told PTI after her visit.
"She (Mother Teresa) has a vision and goal that people should try to achieve. It is so difficult to live a life like her and attain whatever she has got."
"If my game and my smile helps people in some way, I shall remain thankful," she said.
At the Mother House, Martina offered floral tributes and prayers.
She was accompanied by her mother Melanie Molitor and Indian star Mahesh Bhupathi's wife Sweta, besides tennis players Tamarine Tanasugarn (Thailand), Leizel Heuber (South Africa), her husband and Melinda Czink (Hungary).
Heuber is Sania Mirza's partner in the doubles.
Later, she paid a visit to 'Sishu Bhavan', the home for destitute children, and interacted with the inmates there.
Martina donated USD 20,000 to the 'Sishu Bhavan.'
The former world number, who is playing at the Sunfeast WTA open, also visited a pictorial exhibition on the Mother's life at the 'Sishu Bhavan'.
Martina visits Mother Teresa's tomb
Kolkata, Sept 19: Tennis star Martina Hingis today visited Mother House, the global headquarters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and offered floral tributes.
Accompanied by her mother Melanie Molitor and Mahesh Bhupathi's wife Sweta, Martina placed bouquets at the tomb of Mother Teresa and offered prayer.
Later, she paid a visit to Sishu Bhavan, the home for destitute children, and interacted with the inmates there.
Martina, who is playing at the Sunfeast WTA Open here, also visited a pictorial exhibition on the Mother's life at the Sishu Bhavan. (Agencies)
Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS) From the competitive tennis court to the soulful company of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, it was a morning well spent for Martina Hingis, who visited Mother House Tuesday.
A favourite of all the visitors to the city, Mother Teresa's house was also the destination for the visitor from Switzerland as she spent about an hour at the Missionaries of Charity.
She also went to Sishu Bhawan to interact with the nuns and the orphaned inmates.
Hingis was accompanied by her mother Melany, two other players of Sunfeast Open, Swetha Bhupathi of Globosports and a few ITC officials.
"This is the place Hingis always wanted to visit and felt at peace with herself after visiting it," Swetha said.