Many poker players can talk the talk, but only a handful walk the walk when it comes to giving back to community. The idea itself is enticing and when asked about what they plan to do on the long run, virtually all mention the fact that they plan on getting involved in charitable events. Time appears to be always of the essence and sometimes players prefer to use the money to buy in for an additional tournament, sit down at a nosebleed table or simply pay for a better hotel room than to donate.
Marcin Horecki is not one of them and he leads by personal example, and emphasizes the importance of poker players going a step further than simply donating money. He starts from the assumption that poker professionals actually have more money than they need for living expenses and by getting too involved in the game, they lose track of what really matters. His solution is equally simple as he suggests to become more involved in a charity and discover the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate.
He does his part by supporting a local organization called Szlachetna Paczka which is located in Poland and whose name means “Noble Package”. Their campaigns are not overly ambitious and the poker professional knows that his contribution will not change the world, but at least will make life better for those helped directly. This hands-on approach is immensely rewarding, as the aforementioned foundation works with volunteers and delivers invaluable supplies to those who can’t afford them.
It revolves around a popular concept, of adopting a struggling family and then looking after it, by providing the necessary stuff throughout the year. Marcin Horecki did a fine job on his own, but he decided to get PokerStars involved as well and was pleasantly surprised by the company’s willingness to join the cause. As a result, enough money was raised for aiding 40 families and the campaigns will not stop here, but will grow in size and expand worldwide.
There is no shortage of poker professionals who can lend a helping hand, because what they lack is not the money or time, but the motivation to jump on the bandwagon. Marcin Horecki is constantly looking for people to join him and he spread the word among poker players, apparently with great success. Through the “Noble Package” he delivers help where it is needed most, but there is always room for better and now that the wheels are set in motion things are expected to advance in the right direction.