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Another fantastic session this week, this time on the increasing movement toward repairing items that once may have been tossed in the bin!  At a Repair Cafe, volunteer fixers show you how to fix your broken or torn things for a small donation. Donations are used to purchase tools and materials. Examples of items that have been fixed are chainsaws, clocks and heaters, sharpened secateurs, and many raised hems!
The Repair Café concept started in the Netherlands in 2009 and soon after the Repair Café Foundation was launched to support groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café! Visitors to the Repair Café may not have the ability to fix their broken goods so they are encouraged to stay for a coffee or tea and watch their broken item being mended while engaging with their local community.
We also had a very special guest, Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Deputy Mayor, Sarah Race who created the Southern Peninsula Repair Cafe in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. Sarah talked about some of the amazing items that have been repaired, and the positive impacts of repairing such as to your wallet and to the environment through reduced landfill! Thanks so much, Sarah for giving up your time to talk to us!
To find out you’re nearest will be once lockdown finishes, check out the website   If you zoom into Victoria, you will find them all listed. There’s actually room for a lot more, so maybe you could even start your own!!!
Stay tuned for our last ICHAT for Term 3 next Wednesday, where we talk about the impacts of Greenwashing in the media, and until then stay safe everyone!



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