Don't junk it, fix it

Don't turf it, fix it at the Repair Cafe.

Bicycles, clothing, electrical appliances, electronics, furniture, household items, small engines, textiles are all welcome at the upcoming Repair Cafe Saturday Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Kamloops.

Skilled volunteers will be available to help make possible repairs and advise on how to fix items free of charge.

Tools and materials will also be on hand.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Repair Cafe and bring along broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery - anything that is broken (except computers) is welcome.

The Repair Cafe specialists almost always have the know-how.

By promoting repairs, Transition Kamloops wants to help reduce mountains of waste. This is absolutely necessary, according to Jennifer Ste. Marie.

"We throw away piles of stuff in Canada. It is surprising that some broken items have practically nothing wrong with them, and could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Cafe wants to change that,” said Ste. Marie.

"If you repair a bike, a CD player or a pair of trousers together with a previously unfamiliar person, you look at that person in a different light the next time you run into them on the street. Jointly making repairs can lead to pleasant contacts in the city."

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