The Vision Aid Overseas teams in Zambia were delighted to be able to buy their first vehicle last month, thanks to donations raised by their partnership with Specsavers.
The Landcruiser GX will be available for teams of professional volunteers to use while working in Zambia, enabling them to travel the length and breadth of the country. Until now, teams have had to travel by public transport. The Landcruiser will make it easier for volunteers to now access the more remote areas of the country, helping to ensure that the charity’s services reach those most in need.
Comfortable mode of transport
Karen Edwards, Programme Director for VAO Zambia, said: “The Landcruiser will provide a much more comfortable mode of transport for volunteers and will make long journeys a far easier experience. We are thrilled with our vehicle and indebted to Specsavers, whose support made the purchase possible.”
9,000 spectacles dispensed
Specsavers has channelled more than £300,000 to date into the Zambian Vision Aid Overseas partnership. This partnership has allowed more than 13,000 patients to be seen by Optometrists and 9,000 spectacles to be dispensed at the vision centres across the country.