GYMBOX empowering community coaches and enabling better access to health in villages.

The launch of the GYMBOX was attended by Members of Motu Koitabu Assembly, Honourable Nao Mase Oala Member Mirigini Electorate, Honourable Gavera Areni, Member Elevala Lahara Electorate, Honourable Rei Gorohu, Member Elevala Laurabada. Major sponsors Kina Petroleum Corporation, Steamships and partners Solar Solutions and Brian Bell Group supporting PNG’s very first grassroots sports and wellness centre.

“Community coaches play an important role in grassroots sports communities and the GYMBOX is an excellent platform to deliver strength and conditioning programs to their athletes and respective sports in the village. The facility is also multipurpose and will allow health providers to hire the space as a consulting room to take patients. An example of this is having a nurse or doctor use the space to do vaccination clinics or workshops for local health workers.” GSP Founder Tahina Booth

GYMBOX is a Grass Skirt Project design concept combining a sport and wellness centre. The first prototype of its kind is a 20ft shipping container. The GIAB will offer sports education to community coaches and strength community health outreach programs to deliver health initiatives in any location in PNG.

“My late sister and father passed away some 7 years ago and died from non communicable diseases, and I didn’t want that happening to other people in my village. I wanted to create a gym for all people to come and train and learn about how to have healthy lifestyles”. GYMBOX, Kila Mala.

Another community based initiative Grass Skirt Project coordinates is the Hevea Cup Wellness Expo International Rugby League 9’s Carnival will comprise 24 teams; 12 men’s and 12 women’s, coming together from around PNG and the wider Pacific region to participate in sport-oriented community building and health promotion in a safe, inclusive environment.

The accompanying Wellness Expo will feature over 40 stalls, training and education workshops, special celebrity guests and fun activities for kids.

Gymbox - Upcoming Programs

QueenPads Awareness Session.

QueenPads Founder Anne Shirley Korave Is proud to deliver the QueenPads program to GYMBOX. QueenPads produces reusable menstrual products for our women & girls to use during their special days and conduct awareness on Menstrual Health and promote good Menstrual Hygiene Management. QueenPads mission is to ensure all menstruating Women and Girls in PNG have access to clean and hygienic reusable menstrual products and that they are well equipped with the right information to take care of themselves during their special days.

Join us for a FREE information session and help break the stigma about menstruation in a safe and inclusive environment. Light refreshments are provided and the first few to Sign up will receive a free QueenPad to take home.

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– 30 spots are available – (Women and Men welcome).

Dates:
Wednesday 28th July
Wednesday 25th August
Wednesday 29th Sept
Wednesday 27th October
Wednesday 24th November
Time: 10am – 11am
Location: Badihagwa, Mirigini Hanuabada POM.

Family and Sexual Violence reporting workshop.

Join us at GYMBOX for FREE special workshop led by the Royal Papua New Guinean Constabulary to learn about Family and Sexual Violence how to report it, what information needs to be reported when reporting Family Sexual Violence and where you can get support if you are experiencing it.

30 spots available (Women and Men welcome)
Date: TBC. Contact us for updates.
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Location: Badihagwa, Mirigini Hanuabada Village Port Moresby.
Light refreshments are provided.

Sexual Health & Reproductive Health Information Session with Marie Stopes PNG.

Join us for a free information session from Marie Stopes international as they talk about sexually transmitted infections (how to treat & prevent them), safe sex, contraceptives, general health and more.

SIGN UP NOW – FREE! Sexual Health & Reproductive Health Information Session (Women & Men welcome)
Time: 11am – 12pm

Dates:
Wednesday 28th July
Wednesday 25th August
Wednesday 29th September
Wednesday 27th October
Wednesday 24th November

LOCATION: Badihagwa, Mirigini Hanuabada Village Port Moresby.
Light refreshments are provided.

Women’s ONLY Sessions – Available at GYMBOX FREE.

Come and try GYMBOX for FREE in a safe and friendly environment. Each session will include COVID safe equipment with certified trainers in a fun and inclusive environment. Women of all ages and abilities are welcome. Our communities’ trainers will introduce you to the gym and teach basic exercises to lead a healthy lifestyle.

OPEN – 7AM – 8AM on the first Saturday of every month – (7th August 4th September 2nd October 6th November).
Where: Badihagwa, Mirigini Hanuabada Village Port Moresby

Sign up now to lock in your spot. Each participant will also receive a free breakfast.

Accessibility sessions

OPEN invite to all people with a disability. Come and try GYMBOX free. 20 spots available.

When: Second Saturday of each month (14TH August 11th September 9th October 13th November).
Time: 7AM – 8AM
Where: GYMBOX – Badihagwa, Mirigini Hanuabada Village Port Moresby.

Each session will include COVID safe equipment with certified trainers in a fun and inclusive environment. Our communities’ trainers will introduce you to the gym and teach basic exercises to lead a healthy lifestyle. GYMBOX is open to all abilities and does not discriminate against sexual orientation, gender, or age. GYMBOX is following all COVID-19 safe protocols – Masks are mandatory and a hand sanitation station is available for use.

Don’t miss out. Sign up now to lock in your spot. Each participant will also receive a free breakfast.

Find out more contact – Kila Mala – kila@grassskirtproject.org +675 7470 9915 or De’Lisha Kolme on +675 7177 4086 – delisha@grassskirtproject.org

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