The FRB was formed with an aim of raising awareness of Non Communicable Diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc. which have been on the increase and taking away many lives over the recent past.
A 2018 study by WHO indicated that in Malawi, the mortality rate due to NCDs was at 32%.
NCDs have been on the rise due to sedentary lifestyle, plus non active participation in sporting activities.
The FRB, comprising fitness trainers, took it upon itself to raise awareness of NCDs which have impacted communities negatively both socially and economically.
"As a country every day we loosing young profitable lives due these diseases, people who would have contributed positively to the economic development of our country. We want to help the government by reaching out to the masses and sensitive them on how frequent exercising is a remedy to NCDs," says FRB leader, Chandy Chidothe, also known as Fitness Operator.
The group has so far had successful events across Malawi, having held one in Mzuzu, three in Lilongwe and four 4 in Blantyre.
"Their aim is to reach to all parts of the country with the same message.
“Headlining the event are renowned Blantyre Fitness trainers like The Fitness Operator, Musclemanzy who is also former 2017 Mr. Malawi Body Building Champion, CarolwithanE-a lady of distinction fondly known by her dancing antics in Zumba, SuperDT - Man of many talents and Showbiz presenter on Mibawa TV and for the first time we are introducing to our Lilongwe fans Mr. 5'9 the beast. We guarantee a fun filled sweaty session of aerobics than you have ever experienced before” Chidothe said.
Chidothe further thanked MyBucks for sponsoring the event "We approached My Bucks Banking Corporation to sponsor the event in Lilongwe and they responded positively. This sponsorship of MK1,500,000.00 is a milestone to us as it will make our initiative go even further than what we anticipated” said Chandy.
On his part MyBucks Brand & PR Manager, Tidzi Chalamba said they are very happy to be associated with this noble and exciting event which is in line with one of the banks strategic intent of becoming the Best Bank in Malawi by Social Impact.
“At MyBucks, we are very pleased to partner with FRB on this noble cause as this initiative will go a long way in creating the necessary awaness that is needed to curb the prevalence of NCD’s that are posing a real threat in the country based on the latest stats from WHO. Through this sponsorship, we believe that we will contribute to making a positive social impact to the overall community that we operate in. Furthermore, at MyBucks we are passionate about your passions- thus we will support things that Malawians are passionate about and currently adopting Healthy Lifestyles is the trending passion point for many that we would like to promote further going forward” Chalamba Said.
MyBucks Malawi is a fully fledged bank with branches in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Zomba, Mangochi, Dzaleka, Kasungu and Madisi. Currently, it has a fully-fledged delivery channel of 17 branches, over 80 agents, and 30 ATMS across the country, offering a full range of banking products and services that include Bancassurance and microfinance products.