healthAbility Repair Cafe Whitehorse celebrates official opening

19 April 2024


On Saturday 13 April we were delighted to celebrate the official opening of the healthAbility Repair Cafe Whitehorse!

As well as celebrating the success of the Repair Cafe so far, the event was a chance to thank the team of expert repairers who volunteer their time each month, and acknowledge the support we receive from Whitehorse City Council and partners such as the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central.

Joining us at the opening were several special guests, including healthAbility CEO Agata Jarbin, healthAbility Board Chair John Rasa, Michael Sukkar MP, Member for Deakin, Whitehorse City Council Mayor Denise Massoud, and Whitehorse Councillors Mark Lane and Andrew Munroe, along with many healthAbility and Whitehorse staff and members of the public.

To conclude the formal proceedings, Agata Jarbin and Denise Massoud declared the Repair Cafe officially open by unbuttoning a special 'Repair Ribbon' that had been sewed together using pieces of donated fabric. 

Incredibly, since commencing in August 2023, the Repair Cafe has already saved just over 1 tonne of items from landfill, including wooden toys, bikes, furniture, electrical appliances, clothing and picture frames. 

During this time, we have also welcomed over 400 visitors to the Repair Cafe, demonstrating the Cafe's success not only as a valuable service promoting sustainability, but as an important hub for social connection and community. 

L-R Cr Andrew Munroe, Cr Denise Massoud, Agata Jarbin and Cr Mark Lane
Repair Cafe volunteers

To find out more about the healthAbility Repair Cafe Whitehorse, including how to volunteer, please visit

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