FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14 2018: PORT OF SPAIN – Residents of Barataria area and environs aged 60 and over can take their fitness level up a notch, thanks to the forward-thinking members of the Barataria Community Council. These individuals will have access to exercise classes free of charge, while other residents will be required to pay a small monthly fee.
This initiative became a reality for the Community Council when they received a grant in the sum of TT$33,750 through the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) programme, to purchase gym equipment for their Fitness Centre. Spin bikes, dumbbells, gym balls, kettle balls, a home gym set, exercise mats including gel seats were all purchased to make the gym fully functional.
June Rogers, Youth Officer of the Barataria Community Council and the residents present at the launch of the Fitness Centre were all excited and felt great using the equipment for the first time, as they went through their aerobic and cardio exercises.
Ms. Rogers thanked the Digicel Foundation for the investment they made in helping communities grow. She highlighted the motto of their Council which is “To survive we must hold hands” and expressed gratitude to the Foundation for holding their hands in the partnership.
In January 2019, other elements will be launched at the Fitness Centre where members of the gym will have access to personalised diet plans facilitated by Anna Edwards. Cooking classes, lectures on wellness and a sick/massage room will also be available.
The Foundation’s EPIC Programme aim is to deliver a series of small scale community-based projects that have the potential to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces and contribute toward the development of communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.