Appeal for specs works
Middlemore Hospital staff are seeing the world through new eyes, thanks to the generosity of their colleagues.
The learning and development team at Counties Manukau District Health Board last year launched an appeal for used reading glasses.
The rebirthed specs will be used by staff on the board’s Stepup literacy and numeracy programme.
Learning and development consultant Sandy Millar says staff got behind the request and more than 70 pairs of glasses flooded in.
‘‘It really shows the character of staff – they’re people with good hearts who are happy to make a difference to others.’’
‘‘Staff rallied around and got their colleagues to donate too so all sorts of spectacles kept rolling in.’’
As well as reading glasses, many pairs of prescription glasses were also donated. They will be redistributed through the Manukau SuperClinic while the reading glasses will be used by staff taking part in the literacy and numeracy programme.
By the end of this year about 180 staff will have completed the Stepup programme offered by the board in partnership with the Tertiary Education Commission.
‘‘Literacy and numeracy are important, especially among staff who speak English as a second language,’’ Ms Millar says.
‘‘People are often surprised that something as simple as a pair of reading glasses can make such a big difference to their lives.’’