Specsavers in Harborne held a tropical themed day to raise funds towards its charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Homemade cake

The fundraising day held in store saw members of staff at Specsavers on the High Street dressed in tropical shirts, hula skirts and floral lei garlands to welcome visitors to store. There was a selection of homemade cakes for customers to enjoy in return for donations, as well as a raffle to win one of two hampers.

All proceeds from the day went towards the fundraising efforts of optical assistant, Shackesha Piere, who is currently preparing for Africa’s biggest road race, the Great Ethiopian Run. The ten-kilometre race will take place in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa which is set 8,000 ft. above sea level.  

£2,600 target

In order to take part, Shackesha must set her sights on raising £2,600 for VAO and is nearly halfway there.

‘It was fantastic to see so many locals dig deep during our fundraising day and donate towards this cause,’ said Shackesha. ‘So far I’ve raised £1,000 through generous donations and this will add to that total.

‘I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to support those in need in developing countries and can’t wait to represent Harborne Specsavers. It’s not going to be an easy task but I am really looking forward to the once in a lifetime experience.’

Harborne store director, Amit Madlani said: ‘It’s always heartwarming to see how the local community really gets behind a good cause. We’re really proud of Shackesha for volunteering to take part in the race, and the whole team is getting behind her to support her fundraising efforts.

‘VAO is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries and Shackesha will be able to see first-hand how important this mission is.’

The race will take place on Sunday 26 November.

To donate to Shackesha please visit https://www.visionaidoverseas.org/fundraisers/give-the-gift-of-sight-the-great-ethiopian-run

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