Big-hearted Oban residents have helped a local optician stockpile a huge collection of old and unwanted glasses to help people in developing countries.
Recycle your old glasses
Specsavers in Oban has amassed more than 650 pairs of specs since the start of this year, thanks to kind donations from the public.
The huge haul is to be handed over to eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which recycles the specs and uses the funds generated to provide eyecare to those who need it in the developing world.
Ken Macdonald, store director at Specsavers in Oban, says: ‘The support we’ve had from local people has been overwhelming and I can’t thank our customers enough for their efforts. Local charity shops have also been great at dropping by with any glasses that come into them through donations.
‘Specsavers has been a supporter of VAO for many years - it’s a fantastic charity. Sadly, many people overseas do not have access to the most basic of eyecare so receiving a pair of prescription glasses can make a remarkable difference to their lives.
‘I’d encourage people across Oban to bring their old and unwanted specs into the store to help a very worthy cause.’
Specsavers and Vision Aid Overseas have a joint commitment to provide eyecare for all living in Zambia. As part of its ongoing fundraising for the charity, Specsavers has to date channelled more than £300,000 into the Zambian partnership.
Last winter saw the official opening of the country’s first optometry training centre in Zambia.