Local man and woman in the frame
Aissatou Balde and Hozana Luyindula from Blanchardstown are both one step closer to winning the coveted title of Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year after being chosen as semi-finalists in their respective 16-24 and 45-59 categories.
Following a nationwide search, Aissatou and Hozana beat off stiff competition from hundreds of entries and are two of eight semi-finalists who will compete to represent Ireland at the Grand Final in London on Tuesday, 10 October at 8 Northumberland Avenue.
Manager at Specsavers Blanchardstown, Dee Ní Annrachain is pictured presenting Hozana with his prize, along with fellow staff members Amy Kinlan and Shauna Byrne. Hozana’s prize consisted of a €215 Specsavers eyewear voucher, a framed certificate and a bottle of Champagne.
Proud glasses wearer
Speaking at the prize-giving, Hozana said ‘I am really proud to be a glasses wearer, especially today because I have been given the opportunity to win a sensational prize and potentially travel to London and compete in the final.’
Speaking at her prize-giving, Aissatou said: ‘I have been wearing glasses for four years now. At first, I only wore them when I absolutely needed to but now I really enjoy wearing them. With glasses now considered a fashion accessory, I love being able to style my glasses with different outfits.’
Dee Ní Annrachain, store manager at Specsavers Blanchardstown added, ‘We are delighted that two customers from our store have been chosen as semi-finalists in this years Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition and we would like to congratulate both Aissatou and Hozana on their achievements. They both wear their glasses with style and confidence and are worthy winners in our eyes.’
The Irish semi-finalists were chosen from all over the country across five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+ - and one lucky winner will receive a makeover before mingling with celebrities at the star-studded Grand Final in London, which celebrates specs wearers from the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
Competition ambassador and former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle will announce the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year who will win €12,000 in cash and €1,000 to spend on eyecare in Specsavers.
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Now in its 22nd year, the competition raises valuable funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin with €1 donated to the charity for each eligible entry received. The money raised will go towards the development of The Department of Ophthalmology, adding to the €180,000 that Specsavers has already raised for the charity since 2014.