Vision Aid Overseas and the team at Grafton Street are urging locals to donate their old, unwanted glasses, to help improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world. Customers can get involved in the appeal by dropping their old frames into the in-store collection bin at the City Centre store, which will then be donated to Vision Aid Overseas.
Access to universal eye care
With over 50,000 frames donated by Irish stores per year, Grafton Street’s contribution is significant. The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people much needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists. With the help of Specsavers, the international charity is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Previously, there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12 million population.
Store Director Seamus Breslin, commented: ‘In Ireland we are used to having access to excellent eyecare but most people in Zambia are not as lucky so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there. ‘There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers across Dublin City that are no longer of use to their owners. All donations are welcome.’ Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so.