A LOCAL optometry practice is asking locals to give the gift of sight to someone in need this Christmas by handing in their pre-loved glasses.
Specsavers Rosny Park and Lions Recycle for Sight are collecting quality glasses and sunglasses, which will be delivered to people in need overseas.
Optometrist Matt Bennett said they were encouraging customers to donate their pre-loved glasses and give the gift of sight to someone in need for Christmas.
“We’ve set ourselves a target of collecting 100 pairs of glasses between now and the big day, but the more we can collect, the better because every pair of glasses will make a significant difference,” he said.
Once glasses are collected, they will be sent to Lions Recycle for Sight, which runs a glasses recycling facility that quality checks, cleans and categorises the glasses.
If the glasses pass the quality test, they are then distributed to people in need overseas through partnering charities and humanitarian organisations.
Lions Recycle for Sight chairman Ken Leonard OAM said it was estimated that there were more than 101 million people visually impaired as a result of not having access to glasses to correct simple vision problems.
“So far, thanks to the donations of Australians, we’ve given men, women and children around 400,000 pairs of quality-tested recycled glasses,” he said.
“These people can now see thanks to the simple generosity of Australians donating their pre-loved specs.
“We’re keen to continue impacting the lives of thousands and so are calling on Australians once again to give the gift of sight this Christmas.”
Mr Bennett said they were especially reaching out to people who had eyewear included in their health funds.
“Specsavers offers glasses with no gap, so now is the perfect time to update your glasses for the year and donate your pre-loved specs to change someone else’s life,” he said.
Eastern Shore locals can give the gift of sight by bringing their pre-loved glasses and sunglasses into Specsavers Rosny Park, placing them in the collection box or handing them to a team member.
Caption: Shivani Petrola placing her pre-loved glasses on the Specsaver Christmas tree.