Specsavers in Wellington is thanking the local community for their generosity in their outreach mission to help the developing world.

Donations of unwanted specs, collected for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), have been coming in thick and fast to the store. The donated specs will be recycled by VAO and the money used to support the charity’s ongoing work to provide eye care to people in deprived areas of Africa. 

A word from the store director 

‘We’re extremely grateful to those who have already dropped off specs into the store,’ says Wellington Specsavers store director, Satinder Sidhu. ‘If you’ve been a specs wearer for any length of time, you’ll probably have at least one pair of unwanted frames you can donate so we’d like to encourage people to have a look through any drawers to see if they can dig any out.

‘Access to eye care is something we take for granted in this country. I visited Sierra Leone with VAO a couple of years ago to provide sight tests and specs to members of the local community, so I saw first-hand how difficult it is to access eyecare there. If we can do something to help alleviate this problem then more people will be able to get much-needed help.’

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. 

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