A dedicated optical assistant is taking part in the Great Ethiopian Run this November in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), to raise vital funds for people in developing countries.

Africa’s highest city

Damien Rose who works at Specsavers Leith will be one of 37,000 people participating in a 10k run through the streets of Africa’s highest city, Addis Ababa, as part of a team set up by Vision Aid Overseas.

Hitting target

Damien has already hit his £2,600 fundraising total with the help of store staff, friends, family and generous customers.

The store has raised £700 since June through bake sales and themed hampers that the team has been raffling off to customers – including a girl’s night in and spooky Halloween themed hamper.

The hampers have been extremely popular, with customers looking to buy raffle tickets before they have even been created.

Proud to support

Damien said: ‘We are proud to support Vision Aid Overseas and have been delighted with the support we have received from locals over the years.

‘We support the charity all year round as people continue to recycle their old and unwanted frames in store which helps fund the work of VAO. With such a big fundraising target this year, it is wonderful to see monetary donations and pledges of sponsorship coming in.

‘I have been training hard and can’t wait to head out to Africa to take part in this challenge.’

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