Haliburton's Susan Keith holds up her hands reacting to seeing her toaster work after it was repaired by volunteer helper Markus Tuomi during the SIRCH Repair Cafe on Saturday Jan. 25 at the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the event offered the public an opportunty to socialize learn a skill and find life in items thought to be trash. This event was made possible by SIRCH and partners and volunteers including funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. /DARREN LUM Staff

Hands up for the next SIRCH Repair Cafe

By Staff

Published Jan. 28 2020

The first SIRCH Repair Cafe in Haliburton County finished with a 54.2 per cent repair rate including 33.3 per cent of items that can still be fixed said event organizer Chris Varga.
Out of 48 repairs attempted there were 26 completed 16 items needed parts and will be repaired later one could not be tested and four could not be repaired.Varga said it was an amazing outcome because more than half of the items brought will not go to the landfill.
“And in the process we shared knowledge had fun and got to know our neighbours along the way” he said.
There will be more Repair Cafes coming up such as on Saturday March 7 at Archie Stouffer Elementary School in Minden on Saturday May 2 at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School and then Saturday June 13 at ASES. All events are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More dates are expected. See www.sirch.on.ca/repaircafe/ for more information about what can and cannot be repaired.