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Repair Café aims to buck the trend of our 'throw-away' society

Saturday event will be held at the Geneva Centre; Members of the community have banded together to host this pop-up event
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Matt Thomson volunteers his time and talent to help out in a recent Repair Café. Andrew Philips/Orillia Matters File Photo

On Saturday, the Green Party, the Orillia Geneva Centre and Lake Country Time Trade are working together to launch the fourth free Orillia Repair Café.

Exemplifying the ‘fix it, don't nix it' lifestyle, members of the community have banded together to host this pop-up event designed to offer the expertise of the time trade community, and showcasing the cultural and economic benefits of making repairs and recycling as a part of life.

"We have become a 'throw-away' and 'single-use' society and it is destroying our planet. You save money and the environment when you repair items," says local environmental steward Marilyn Clark. "I am recently retired and have a more limited income. I have both talents to share and things I need help with. It is a win-win to trade volunteer hours."

Volunteers with a variety of repair ‘know-how’ will be offering their services on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at the Orillia Geneva Centre, turning would-be trash into treasure.  

At the last Repair Café, pants were hemmed, computer problems were sorted and loose furniture legs were secured. In addition, broken toys, small electronics and lamps were all given a new lease on life, contributing to the more than ~100 kg of potential waste diverted from the landfill since the first Repair Cafe was held in March 2018.

Free of charge and family-friendly, the event is also aimed at empowering the local community with a creative and financially sustainable solution to address growing environmental concerns.  
"Building community is so important. As human beings, we need a sense of belonging, and that sense of belonging is what connects us through the many relationships we develop and to the planet. The Repair Cafe and Lake Country Time Trade both build a sustainable community," said Clark.

As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Where: Geneva Centre, 16 West Street South, Orillia
When: Nov. 9, 2019, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m.     

Volunteers will be on hand to fix the following:

  • Baskets
  • Computers / Technology
  • Electrical / Mechanical
  • Articles of clothing (sewing and mending)
  • General Household
  • Jewelry
  • Knit & Crochet items
  • Metal items
  • Musical Instruments
  • Small Household Appliances
  • Toys
  • Wooden items / Furniture