Let's Fix It - Designworks and LEAP team up to help Canterbury

LEAP and Designworks are pleased to announce that plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers all over New Zealand are being mobilised to donate their services as an interim fix for Christchurch’s domestic water and sewerage systems.

Launched this week, www.letsfixit.org.nz is a voluntary organisation and website designed to give Christchurch families the help they need to get their lives back in order by having a basic water and wastewater system connected – with no charge for labour, as soon as possible.

www.letsfixit.org.nz is asking New Zealand tradespeople to donate their time and skills to help out householders who need a fix in their bathroom or kitchen to get normal life back on track.

Jay Wester, Managing Director of LEAP, launched the website alongside design agency Designworks, and says the initiative is an interim measure while insurance claims and building plans are approved.

“Water and sewerage are two of the most pressing issues facing families in the aftermath of the earthquake. So letsfixit.org.nz hopes to mobilise plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers across New Zealand to give their skills at a time of great need.

“The immediate aim is single minded – one toilet, one sink and one shower for each home. letsfixit is purely an interim practical measure designed to get people through before the council and insurance are able to assist.

“It’s not about taking work from Christchurch guys. They are overwhelmed and the system is overloaded. People are traumatised and exhausted. They need our help.”

The first letsfixit volunteer plumbers are expected to be on the ground in Christchurch in the next few days, he says.

“We’re all desperate to help, but it’s not always easy to know how. Water is crucial. Getting household water and wastewater reconnected again is one of the most practical things we can do to help people get back on their feet. Anyone can help through letsfixit.org.nz” says Wester. “But we’ll only be successful if the industry is behind us. We know people want to help, we’ve even had approaches from Australia – now the task is to co-ordinate”.

Since Saturday morning, there has been a steady stream of visitors to www.letsfixit.org.nz with plumbers, gasfitters, drainlayers, and even trade suppliers offering their time, labour, and hard cash.

Designworks CEO Sven Baker says: “All letsfixit.org.nz is asking from licensed plumbers is to volunteer their time, whether it's a few hours, a few days, or more. letsfixit will then organise to get them in touch with people on the ground in Christchurch and provide supplies for all the smaller jobs that need doing. All we really need are their skills.”

Wester is currently discussing sponsorship agreements with major New Zealand businesses and international plumbing suppliers.

Plumbers, drainlayers and suppliers should register their interest at www.letsfixit.org.nz, leave their contact details, skills and likely availability.

LEAP would like to thank all the team at Designworks who have been amazing over the past week. LEAP would also like to thank Ideas Shop, web specialists Springload who helped build the interim web page, and illustrator Scott Kennedy who donated his time to develop illustrations for the upcoming campaign