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Lions’ call for unwanted spectacles

CH170616_Page_24_Image_0002MANY people struggle without spectacles and volunteer members from the Lions Clubs in the area have responded to their District Governor Keith Wilding’s request by helping to collect thousands of pairs of spectacles that are no longer needed.

In one day alone, at their annual Convention, a total of 7,500 pairs were collected.

The gift of sight is a large part of the work of Lions Clubs within its communities.

Sounds like a big ask, but by the simple activity of collecting used spectacles, 1,500 people will directly benefit.

Keith Wilding and his wife Sue were able to drive to France to deliver the spectacles directly to the Lions Clubs of Normandy, their twin District.

They have developed a facility for the spectacles to be sorted, graded, and the reusable pairs distributed to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India, the Far East and Eastern Europe in partnership with Medico France.

Some pairs that cannot be directly reused are recycled and this project raises financial support for eye related projects both at home and overseas.

The value of this is that it means people who cannot see clearly will have their vision improved, their independence returned and the ability to lead a productive life ahead of them.

As Keith said: “I had a vision – to improve the sight of those who cannot see clearly today. To date we have now collected over 50,000 pairs of spectacles and with this simple activity of collecting what would otherwise be thrown away, the Lion members have done something amazing for others and made a real difference.”

There are two collection points in South Wales – Billy Sutton’s coffee shop in Gowerton and Barclays Bank in Gorseinon, so please pop in with any unwanted specs to help someone else see clearly.

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