Painter Alcindo Almedia Soares loves to train and he is also passionate about keeping his island clean of rubbish,
So the 43-year-old decided to put his skills and his hobbies to good use by making a free gym for his island made entirely from recycled junk.
The tradesman recycled the waste he found on his local beach in Santa Maria, Cape Verde, and made gym equipment like dumbbells and pull-up bars out of it.
‘Sport means everything to me,’ Soares said, in a short film by Roger Serrasqueiro. ‘
‘I love to train, ever since I was a kid. It really means a lot.
‘Tourism is essential to these islands. Without tourism this place is nothing.’ he said.
‘I feel proud when I see Santa Maria’s beach clean. It’s important to keep it clean. You shouldn’t just throw trash on the sand.’
He said gyms on the island are too expensive so the use of a free one is very important for the island.
He now intends to build on his gym so that its possible for more of the community to use it.