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Company eyes up huge charity effort
7:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
SPECSAVERS has got an eye on some of the world’s poorest people in desperate need of optical examinations.
At the Orsett Show, the Grays branch of the optical giant collected more than 100 pairs of used and unwanted glasses to add to the 600 it has already gathered.
The disused specs are donated to Vision Aid Oversees, which sells them on for parts.
Proceeds go to establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and making the most of expert volunteers to give those living in some of the most deprived countries in Africa access to eye-care.
Here, Specsavers staff have created an eye shape from the glasses donated by show-goers two weeks ago.
Niki Kaur, store director of Specsavers Grays, said: “We encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair.
“It’s so easy to do and rather than gathering dust at the back of a cupboard, they can benefit people in countries where quality eyecare is not as readily available.
“Our customers have really embraced the scheme and it’s been brilliant to actually see the boxes of specs sent to the charity.”
The store hopes to collect 1,000 pairs of glasses before the end of the year.
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