Some children in the Prince Albert Big Brothers Big Sisters program will be receiving free bikes and helmets on Saturday May 5th thanks to a partnership between Repair Café, Prince Albert Police Department, the City of Prince Albert and Prince Albert Royal Purple.
 
Repair Café is a new initiative in Prince Albert where residents can bring items needing fixing to the Margo Fournier Centre on the first Saturday of each month between 1-4 PM and receive help in repairing their item rather than tossing it into the landfill. There are several volunteer led stations to help people fix their items including electronics, sewing and appliances. Each month a different theme is selected to highlight; the May event will feature bicycle maintenance.
 
“We were delighted to hear the volunteers at Repair Café wanted to include us in this initiative and that the police were willing to donate eight used bikes which were headed to the city yard auction” says Big Brothers Big Sisters Development Coordinator, Natasha Thomson. “The kids are really excited and will be coming to the event with their volunteer mentor or with a parent. Some of the bikes will need some minor repairs such as oiling or tire patching so the children will have the opportunity to learn a bit about bikes repair and maintenance.”
 
The Prince Albert Royal Purple was also eager to join in and will present each child with a free Roughrider bicycle helmet to help keep them safe as they wheel around this summer. The helmets came from a partnership they have with the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
 
To learn more about Repair Café visit their Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/repaircafeprincealbert.ca/