Launceston optician on a vision mission in Africa
Kirsty Knight, dispensing assistant at Specsavers Launceston is going on the trip of a lifetime to help save the sight of people in Africa. She has been accepted on to the programme run by Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) in November this year.
Installing state of the art vision equipment
Kirsty, who has already undertaken an intense two-day induction to the programme, will go to Zambia in November to work in vision centres that have been set up by the charity to teach laboratory technicians and install state of the art vision equipment in the centre.
Provide eye treatment to those less fortunate
Kirsty said: ‘Access to eyecare is something that we take for granted in the UK yet many people across the world cannot afford it. I am honoured to have the opportunity to provide treatment and support for those less fortunate.’
5,000 old glasses collected for recycling
Julia Peggs, store director at Specsavers Launceston, says: ‘We’re all very excited and pleased that Kirsty has been accepted on to the Vision Aid Overseas programme. We have always supported the charity in store since January managed to collect 5000 pairs of specs for VAO. We wish Kirsty all the best for her adventure and look forward to hearing all her stories and everything she has learned.’
VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000. This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka.