Ghanaian community project
Specsavers in Lutterworth is appealing to local residents to support a new fundraising project in the Ashanti region of Ghana as part of its ongoing work with international charity, the Ashanti Development.
The team, led by store director Abhijit Roy, has been supporting the Ashanti Development since 2010, organising several visits to Ghana to provide much needed eyecare and distribute donated glasses to people in many of the country’s remote villages.
‘We’ve set a fundraising target of £12,000 to build a community centre and clinic with the aim of further improving healthcare services for villagers,’ Abhijit commented. ‘This new project will continue the positive work that has already benefitted hundreds of people in the Ashanti region.’
The Specsavers team hopes to raise the funds through a series of in-store events and online fundraising.
Abhijit continued: ‘During our last visit in October, we distributed nearly 3,500 pairs of specs and performed 250 tests every day on average. People would queue for hours to wait for treatment. Once again, this showed us just how important the charity’s work is, and how beneficial a new community centre would be.
‘In the past seven years, we have worked hard to raise money to improve sanitation, hygiene training and healthcare, as well as funding a kindergarten to give local children the opportunity to receive a good education. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our local community.’
The Ashanti Development is a charity run by volunteers working to make a difference for some of Ghana’s poorest people. To find out more about the charity, please click here.
Anyone wishing to donate, please click here.