Specsavers in Stroud has teamed up with the Stroud Rotary Club to help donate more than 32,000 pairs of specs to impoverished people in Sri Lanka.
Stroud Rotary Club
Since 2011, the team has been collecting unwanted specs to be cleaned and recycled and sent to the developing world as part of an initiative run by Lakshman Gallage of the Stroud Rotary Club.
Riz Choonara, store director, is delighted with the outcome: ‘We can’t believe we’ve helped Lakshman collect more than 32,000 specs. It’s amazing to think that so many local residents have got behind the collection drive and donated their old and used frames to those in Sri Lanka who will now have access to affordable eyecare, better vision and a higher standard of education as a result.’
Lakshman regularly travels to Sri Lanka to donate the recycled specs to those in need: ‘I’m involved right from the beginning,’ he says. ‘From cleaning the specs to grading them, packaging them and, once they have reached Sri Lanka, I then monitor the lens replacement and circulation.
'I can’t thank Stroud Specsavers enough, their support has been brilliant. But the hard work doesn’t stop there - we’re planning to reach the 100,000 mark.’
Riz added: ‘We would like to encourage people to continue to drop off their old or used specs to the store so that we can help Lakshman and the Stroud Rotary Club reach their target.’
The Rotary Club is an international organization, with the aim of creating a positive change in the community and the world. The Stroud Rotary Club supports their local community, as well as international initiatives.