The People's Friend Special - - HOBBIES -

Have you re­placed your specs re­cently and don’t know what to do with your old pair? Then hand them into a lo­cal op­ti­cian sup­port­ing Vi­sion Aid Overseas, who pro­vide free eye tests and af­ford­able glasses for many peo­ple liv­ing in Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zam­bia. The char­ity re­cy­cles glasses for their pre­cious metal con­tent, and any vin­tage or retro specs are sold on­line. The in­come gen­er­ated through this process is then used to sup­port its valu­able work overseas.

On av­er­age, Vi­sion Aid Overseas re­cy­cle 3.5 mil­lion pairs of glasses each year, and the money raised through this has helped them to carry out an im­pres­sive 53,592 eye tests in the last 12 months.

Seven-year-old Cather­ine, who lives in Zam­bia, is just one of the chil­dren who has ben­e­fited from the work of Vi­sion Aid Overseas.

With an eye test and a new pair of glasses, she is now able to see the black­board clearly at school and she’s on track to achieve her dreams of be­com­ing a nurse.

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