Lions have always been involved in sight projects. We can recycle spectacles, one of District Governor Ian’s key projects, hold awareness events to encourage people to get their eyes tested and, later in the year, take part in the vision screening project. Whilst vision screening used to be done by schools, two thirds of schools no longer carry out screening. Lions can fill this gap.
Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland Spectacle Recycling Initiative, launched originally by the Lions Club of Chichester in 1967, today sees nearly a third of a million pairs of used glasses collected, sorted and distributed to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India and eastern Europe in partnership with Medico France. The project also raises financial support for eye related projects at home and overseas by recycling scrap metal from spectacles that are broken or unsuitable for recycling. Our thanks go to all those individuals and organisations who donate, collect, sort and distribute used spectacles.
Redditch Lions Club regularly collect unwanted spectacles from local opticians in and around Redditch. All the usable spectacles are boxed up and sent to Chichester Lions where they are expertly sorted before being shipped to Medico France in Le Havre. Here, they are optically graded and refurbished prior to distribution to clinics and eye camps.
Redditch Lions Club holds regular sorting sessions. This year, the Club have already collected, packed and despatched more than 500 pairs of spectacles.
Working in partnership with Specsavers Opticians in Warwick Road, Kenilworth Lions are celebrating another amazing year for the local spectacles recycling scheme. A total of 2,805 pairs of spectacles were donated during the last 12months. Hearing aids are also collected via the scheme. Lions member Henry Woodgate has been running the scheme locally for the last 16 years, and is very grateful to the wonderful support that the team at Specsavers Kenilworth give him, acting as the town centre collection point for donated spectacles.The spectacles recycling scheme was started in the UK by Chichester Lions Club nearly forty years ago, and now involves Lions Clubs across the country. Donated spectacles are consolidated and sorted in Chichester and sent to Medico France in Le Havre, where they are cleaned and graded ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Every year over 300,000pairs of spectacles are sent to Medico France.
If you want to find out how you can help with our Vision projects, find you local Club here