Specsavers Wellington has collected more than 1,500 pairs of second hand specs to donate international charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The store has been collecting old specs on behalf of the charity for almost a year. The donated glasses have been sent to VAO, which raises funds by cleaning and recycling the glasses in an environmentally-friendly way.
‘We’re overwhelmed with how successful the initiative has been’ said, Martin Skehan, store director. ‘We’d like to thank everyone who brought in their old glasses, because of their generosity so many impoverished people will have better access to eyecare. In these countries, having better eyecare means gaining a better level of education and therefore improved job prospects. It helps individuals in the long term which is what’s important.’
Vision Aid Overseas is a charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare in developing countries. 670 million people - 10% of the world's population - are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.