Get stuff fixed at Kelowna Repair Café

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KELOWNA - Do you have a household item in need of repair, don’t want to toss it out, but you’re stuck on how to go about fixing it? A lamp on the fritz? Bicycle in need of repair Clothes that need mending? Toaster that just won’t toast? If so, the Repair Café could be just the event you’re looking for.

Hosted by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, the Repair Café takes place at Okanagan College Center for Learning Atrium, Saturday April 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. And it’s all free.

“With the help of our talented volunteer fixers, we’re resurrecting the too good to toss mentality — a shift from the throw away to a fix it society,” says Rae Stewart with the Regional Waste Reduction Office. “Most of our fixers are like minded hobbyists who enjoy helping others and want to keep items out of the landfill. They’re all volunteering their time. They vary in age and background, just like those that come with broken items to be fixed. This is our fourth Repair Café so far, and momentum is really building with each event.”

Stewart says the idea is not to come in, drop off your item for fixing, and then come back when it’s done, instead they’re encouraging you to become part of the process.

“The Repair Café offers the opportunity to learn new skills, plus a chance to connect with skilled people. It’s a casual environment, and all the fixing is free of charge, people really like that.”

The Repair Café concept started in the Netherlands and is now part of a growing international network, a celebration of the great things that can be done when we pool our skills knowledge and resources.

If you would like to volunteer your time as a Repair Café Fixer, or if you have something you‘re looking to have repaired, refurbished, revamped or renewed, you’re invited to join in on the Repair Café.

For more info visit or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office for more info at 250.469.6250.

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