A Moray local is going on a trip of a lifetime to help improve the eyecare of those in rural Africa.

Robyn Roos, is on a mission to raise funds for a trip to Zambia in March with Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which helps deliver eyecare to those in the developing world.

The 31-year-old is a dispensing optician at Specsavers in Elgin and has always wanted to help make a difference to those less fortunate. Through Specsavers’ partnership with the charity, Robyn was selected to be part of the team heading out to the country on a two-week trip.

She said: ‘I am always keen to be proactive in my role and by working with Specsavers, I have been given this amazing opportunity and I am delighted to be going to Zambia.'

Two weeks training and outreach

Robyn will fly out to Africa on Friday 17 March 2017 and will spend half her time training optical students and staff on how to adjust glasses. The second half of her trip will be spent doing public outreach programs, helping repair and adjust glasses before flying home on Sunday 2 April.

She said: 'I have always wanted to go on a Vision Aid Overseas trip, and have finally decided that I am brave enough to do it.

‘In March I will be joining a team and going to Zambia for two weeks to help train dispensers in all things frames and lenses.

‘People in Zambia don't have access to the level of eyecare we do here in the UK. Issues with their sight can mean some children end up not going to school or adults stop working, which has a massive impact on people’s lives.

‘Giving people eye tests and providing them with glasses this can really improve someone’s life, which is why these travelling clinics are so important.’

Robyn and the store team at Elgin have been busy hosting fundraisers including bake sales and raffles to raise the £1,700 sponsorship required.

Important to invest and support staff

Peter Taylor, store director at Specsavers Elgin, said: ‘At Specsavers it's important that we invest and support our staff. Robyn is a valued member of our team and we are thrilled she has chosen to take on this challenge.

‘Vision Aid Overseas is a cause we are always keen to support and last year alone, thanks to our generous customers, we collected 3,500 pairs of frames to be recycled.

‘We hope that the local community will help us support Robyn to raise enough sponsorship to fund this fantastic trip.’

To donate to Robyn’s Zambia trip please click here.  

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