Through its annual Fat Boy challenge community development initiative leading commercial radio station Yarona FM has built an outdoor gym for the Gaborone West community.
“Community development is important because it provides the foundation a city builds off of to improve the lives of its citizens. It creates strong, diverse communities that are able to attract and keep talent, start and grow businesses, and overcome issues that arise. The importance of community service lies in the fact that it connects us to the community by improving it, and making it a better place for all of us to live in,” said Yarona FM Station Manager Kelly Ramputswa.
The outdoor gym which is located by the Diphetogo Ward has several gym equipment that is open for the general public use. The equipment includes horizontal bars, combination of push and pull chairs, double pull up bars, double ski, double and elliptical cross trainers. The Yarona FM Fat Boy Challenge is a fitness Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program aimed at losing fat and keeping healthy for a good cause. The gym is strategically placed where not everyone has access to modern gym facilities due to the fact that not everyone there has the means to access them.
Ramputswa further mentioned that communities which participate in sport and recreation develop strong social bonds, are safer places and the people who live in them are generally healthier and happier than places where physical activity isn’t a priority.
The outdoor gym was officially opened by the Gaborone City Mayor Father Maphongo who commended Yarona FM for being in consistent with empowering various communities. He encouraged the G- West residents to utilise the gym so they keep fit and stay healthy.
Over the years, Yarona FM through Fat Boy Challenge has been giving back to the less fortunate according to their needs. This has been either through charity organizations or communities. G- West residents where pleased with this new development which they started using immediately after the official opening ceremony.