The East Kilbride store is urging locals to donate their old, unwanted glasses to its Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) appeal, which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.
Drop in old frames
Locals can get involved in the ongoing appeal by dropping their old frames into Specsavers in East Kilbride Shopping Centre, where they will find VAO collection boxes.
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people much needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
With the help of Specsavers, the international charity is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Previously, there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12million population.
Providing eyecare in Zambia
Shirley-Ann Kennedy, store director at Specsavers in East Kilbride, said: ‘In Britain we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but most people in Zambia are not as lucky so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there.
‘There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers around the country that are no longer of use to their owners.
‘In the past year we’ve donated around 200 pairs of specs to Vision Aid Overseas. It would be fantastic to collect even more this year.’
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians has raised more than £800,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.
The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and nine vision centres across the country.