Every year Specsavers in Haverhill store encourages residents to come in store and recycle their specs for a good cause. This year the town has outdone itself, donating over 3500 pairs of old and unwanted glasses from generous customers to international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) to benefit those in need across Africa.
Store director, Raju Fynn said: ‘Collections like these prove how generous our customers are so thank you. Never underestimate the power of such a simple donation. You could quite literally save someone’s life.’
Sight for all
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), restoring sight is one of the most cost effective health interventions to reduce poverty, making the donation more important than ever.
Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see clearly for over 30 years. No matter who you are, a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia, or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eyesight can have a devastating impact on life and livelihood.
What happens now?
Once the charity receives the glasses, proceeds from the reusable parts will be put towards establishing vision centres, training local eyecare professionals and providing outreach services to isolated communities.