The team at Specsavers Didcot have been focussing their efforts on the collection of unwanted specs and hearing aids to help two charities working in Africa.
Staff from the store have been collecting old and unwanted specs and hearing aids from members of the local community to help the optical charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) and hearing charity Sound Seekers.
The collected hearing aids will be cleaned, refurbished and distributed to people in Africa, while the unwanted specs are recycled with the money being used to support VAO’s work on the continent.
Making a difference
‘These are such simple initiatives and yet ones which can really make a difference,’ comments Adela Garcia, store director Specsavers Didcot. ‘We’d like to say a big thank you to the local community for getting behind the appeal and helping us with our impressive collection.
‘It doesn’t stop here though, we’re encouraging locals to continue to support us in our collections and drop their old specs, that might be lying about the house, into our collection box in store.’
Sound Seekers is currently involved in projects in Cameroon, The Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia. In most cases, these projects provide the only access to trained audiology healthcare and equipment, such as hearing aids, in these countries.
VAO is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries and raises money by selling the materials recycled from old glasses. The process is environmentally friendly and enables the charity to fund its overseas projects.