Share the repair

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 18-May-2017

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What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheels get out of line? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way. 

A group of locals have organised the first Repair Café in Bendigo on Saturday at the Good Loaf Cafe from 10am until 2pm.

Various volunteer repair experts will be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. 

Tools and materials will also be on hand. 

People visiting the Repair Café will be able to take along their broken items from home. 

Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, cåçlothes, bikes, toys, crockery... anything that is broken is welcome.

The Repair Café specialists love fixing things. 

A number of experienced home fixers have already volunteered in Bendigo. 

The group also wants to encourage retired experts to get involved and share their skills. 

They are particularly interested in people with electrical skills so get in touch if you know a retired electrician looking to get involved with this initiative. 

By promoting repairs, the group wants to help reduce mountains of waste. 

This is absolutely necessary, according to one of the coordinators Elsie L’Huillier.

“We throw away piles of stuff in Bendigo. Even things that have hardly anything wrong with them and could easily be used again after a simple repair,” she said.

“Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café wants to change all that.

“Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

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