Specs do­na­tion call

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Spec­savers Horsham is call­ing on peo­ple across the Wim­mera to take part in a glasses re­cy­cling pro­gram ben­e­fit­ting peo­ple in need over­seas.

The op­tometrist busi­ness, in part­ner­ship with the Li­ons Re­cy­cle for Sight pro­gram, will do­nate high-qual­ity used glasses and sun­glasses to peo­ple with­out ac­cess to eye care.

Last year Li­ons Re­cy­cle for Sight do­nated more than 300,000 pairs of re­fur­bished glasses to 20 coun­tries over­seas.

This year they hope to in­crease that num­ber to 500,000, with plans to do­nate one mil­lion pairs per year by 2023.

A 2016 study pub­lished in the Op­tom­e­try and Vi­sion Sci­ence med­i­cal jour­nal es­ti­mated there were more than 100-mil­lion peo­ple world­wide who were vis­ually im­paired be­cause they had no ac­cess to glasses to cor­rect vi­sion prob­lems.

Spec­savers Horsham co-owner Michael Pe­ter said the busi­ness hoped to col­lect 100 pairs of glasses a month from the Wim­mera com­mu­nity dur­ing the next year.

“We’re so proud and thank­ful the peo­ple of Horsham have got be­hind us, but there’s a long way to go,” he said.

“We’re ask­ing the com­mu­nity to clear out their draw­ers of old glasses as part of their spring clean­ing and put them to good use by do­nat­ing them to this cause.

“There are still many peo­ple fac­ing ma­jor prob­lems in de­vel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ties around the world, sim­ply be­cause they don’t have ac­cess to glasses.

“The more we can col­lect the bet­ter, be­cause ev­ery pair of glasses will make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.”

Af­ter glasses are col­lected, they go to Li­ons Re­cy­cle for Sight in Queens­land, where they un­dergo qual­ity checks, clean­ing and re­fur­bish­ment.

Peo­ple can sup­port the glasses re­cy­cling pro­gram by bring­ing their old pairs to Spec­savers Horsham at 51-53 Fire­brace Street and plac­ing them in the col­lec­tion box or hand­ing them to a team mem­ber.

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