Clothing Repair Café a hit in Rush – sewing machines a big hit with younger attendees!

by Rose Barrett
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On Saturday,  September 30 last,  Rush Tidy Towns showed its commitment to sustainability, Reuse and Recycle ethos when it held two fantastic community events at Rush Community Centre.

The first was a Clothing Repair Cafe organised by Annette Fuhrmann who runs the Zero Waste Community Rush group, an offshoot of Rush TTs. 

Annette stated:  “This is our second Clothes Repair Café and it has been a huge success with many items of clothes being repaired or altered giving those items a second chance of life”. 

Through expert guidance from local dressmaker Anna McGuire and Zero Waste Rush Volunteers, participants carried out the repairs themselves which is a very fulfilling experience. Sewing machines and various tools, equipment and accessories were available to make these repairs. What was particularly satisfying was the interest from the younger visitors with some taking to using the sewing machines. 

One participant remarked “I am delighted that my favorite jeans are repaired and I am very proud that I did this myself.”  Annette added that “There was a real buzz in the room with everyone helping each other making their repairs. We would love for the repair cafe to become a regular event “.

The second event was organised as a result of Rush Tidy Towns being appointed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Champions by the government earlier this year. Brendan O’Reilly. Chairperson of Rush Tidy Towns stated that “For SDG Week, Rush Tidy Towns, organised a talk on the Sustainable Development Goals with fellow SDG Champions ECO Unesco. This was a very informative talk giving the participants of the well attended event an overview of these Global Goals. 

Through interactive games and discussions the participants recognised the importance of these goals to achieving a more sustainable and better world for all and how we can contribute to these at an individual and local level” 

Annette Fuhrmann, SDG advocate and event organiiser in Rush TT said that  “It was great to see so many people interested in learning about these important goals and how they fully engaged with the discussions. “

Another participant remarked : “If we don’t have quality education, we can not tackle No Poverty, Zero Hunger, climate action, reduced inequalities and all the other goals. I never thought about it in this way before.”

Brendan concluded: “Buoyed by the interest in our inaugural event, we will definitely continue our promotion of the SDG’s in this interactive and fun format.”

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