What do people do with their old unwanted spectacles?
- Some re-cycle them.
- Some give them to charity shops.
- Some give them back to the opticians.
- Some just keep them in the drawer.
- Some just throw them away.
We can use them to help others to see properly again.
Can you remember the last time you were looking for your old glasses because you had broken or mislaid your regular spectacles? What a relief it was to find that old pair that helps you to go about your daily routine. What would you do if the cost of your spectacles were more than a month’s wages? I suppose we would put up with what we could see.
Your old spectacles can help so many people in developing countries to become useful members of their communities once again, instead of being a burden to their families and communities. They can help a person to see again to operate sewing machines, or to manufacture delicate objects etc in order to make a living for themselves and their families. What is it they say give a man a fish and he can feed himself for a day. If you give them a pair of spectacles he can catch enough fish to feed his family the rest of his life.
Even spectacles which are damaged can be put to good use. In 2012, approximately £80,000 was raised by recycling the unusable glasses, mainly from the precious metal in the frames. A lot of this money is used for various Sight projects in the UK.
If your Club is involved with spectacle collection, you are doing a great job and please keep up the good work. If your club isn’t involved with this very worthwhile project then please consider it. It will only take up your time and will cost your club nothing financially.
All you have to do is to contact your local opticians and ask them if they will let you have any unwanted spectacles that people give them, maybe they would let you put a collection bin in the shop. Once you have sufficient to fill a box, you simply contact Parcel Force on free phone 0800 224466 and quote this reference No R233259.
The address to which the spectacles are to be sent is: –
ARTICLES FOR THE BLIND, CHICHESTER LIONS CLUB, THE APULDRAM CENTRE, COMMON FARM, APULDRAM LANE SOUTH, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX. PO20 7PE
Their Website Address is http://www.chilions.org.uk/
Boxes of specs should weigh no more than 10 kilos and the box should be of strong cardboard please. A box previously used for 5 reams of A4 paper is ideal (a school or maybe a solicitors practice or perhaps a Doctor’s surgery might supply) Alternatively, a box previously containing 6 bottles of wine. (Maybe from a local supermarket?) It is helpful to show which Club has sent the specs so that an acknowledgement can be sent.
Parcel Force will come and collect the spectacles and deliver them to Chichester lions who then sort them and forward them on to Medico France where they are graded and sent on to the third world countries where they are united with their new owners.
Collecting Bins should be provided by the Lions Club. Sturdy cardboard boxes are available from Multiple District Headquarters but some clubs prefer to use plastic bins, and lettering for the collecting bins can be supplied by ChichesterLC, but Clubs are welcome to exercise their creative skills for their own labelling.