The team at Specsavers in Wellington is encouraging local residents to support Vision Aid Overseas after nominating the international organisation as its chosen charity for 2017.
Members of staff are urging customers to give their old and unwanted specs as well as cash donations, with the aim of raising £2,000 for the charity, which provides eyecare in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Store director Satinder Sidhu commented: ‘We have been supporting VAO for more than 10 years now, collecting glasses and raising awareness of its fantastic work. This year though, we wanted to go a little further.’
As part of the pledge to support the charity, Satinder will be travelling to Sierra Leone for two weeks in November, helping to provide eyecare to people living in rural communities. Alongside training staff in the country’s developing vision centres, Satinder will be carrying out eye examinations and supplying specs to people who would otherwise have little or no access to these services.
To make a donation, customers can either pop into the store or visit Satinder’s fundraising page: www.visionaidoverseas.org/Fundraisers/welli.
Making a difference
‘With such easy access to affordable eyecare in this country, we can easily take our sight for granted,’ Satinder added. ‘The work that VAO does is so important; poor eyesight can have a huge impact on these people’s lives. We want to raise as much money and collect as many pairs of glasses as we can to make a difference for the people of Seirra Leone, and in other countries across Africa.’
The UK-based organisation works in numerous African countries. The charity, founded in 1985, provides eye tests and glasses to those who need them, and aims to help those living in poverty who have little or no access to eyecare.