The two major telecommunication companies in Guyana have each wrapped up their fitness camp which was aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles among Guyanese while getting them fit in time for today’s Mashramani celebrations.Digicel’s annual Mash Fit Campaign ended on Thursday at the Guyana Cricket Club Ground, and present at the event was the second place contestant in this year’s Soca Monarch competition, Melissa ‘Vanilla’ Roberts, who worked with the trainers to hype the participants.There were approximately 300 persons present at the fitness programme. The event commenced with a warm-up routine that was followed by some intenseSome of the participants practising their dance routinesdancing, and lastly by the team challenge.Digicel Marketing Manager Ramesh Rupchand explained that the aim of the programme was to encourage persons to engage in fitness exercises while preparing them for the much-anticipated Mashramani Day.“It’s basically to promote health and fitness through the Mash period,” he explained.For the last event, the team challenge, participants were placed into various groups. Prizes were awarded to members of the winning team, along with other persons.Meanwhile, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) continued its Fitness Camp at the Everest Ground. The event, which has been ongoing for a number of weeks, aims at preparing persons for our Republic Day celebrations onSome of the participants engaging in a dance routineFebruary 23.This event also officially ended on Thursday, and there were a number of trainers present at the camp to engage the participants in energizing workouts. Some also featured dance routines to popular soca and dancehall tracks of today’s generation.Present at the event was the coordinator, who explained that this initiative was a good way of introducing different ways in which Guyanese can keep fit while being given a chance to experience an electrifying atmosphere. So far, there has been a substantial amount of persons attending the Fitness Camp, and the support has been tremendous.“I would say the response is great. People want something like this, and it’s great to have different people mingling together in one and getting experience on the different types of fitness,” he stated.When asked if the company would continue this venture in the future, the coordinator noted, “Once the response is like this, we’re going to continue. There is a need for it.”Customers also got a chance to win costumes for the company’s Mash band, titled “Amazon Gems”. Further, the previous winners can also uplift their bedazzling costumes at the Everest Ground.The coordinators are urging the Guyanese public to support this band, explaining, “We’ll be having the biggest and best Mash band on the road. There is no dispute about that.”GTT is collaborating with Pulse Entertainment this year, and will be featuring approximately 300 revellers in its Mash band. The participants are asked to collect their costumes early, and to be assembled on February 23 at 09:00h at their respective places.