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Zambia bound in aid of Vision Aid Overseas

20 October, 2016
store director Store director Martina Kelly will travel as part of a team of five volunteers to Zambia on Friday, 4 November
Store director Martina Kelly will travel as part of a team of five volunteers to Zambia on Friday, 4 November

Specsavers Dundalk is proud to inform customers that store director Martina Kelly will travel as part of a team of five volunteers to Zambia on Friday, 4 November with Vision Aid Overseas. Specsavers Ireland has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade, helping the fight against poverty in developing countries by transforming access to eye care.

Optometry services for the community

Martina will be spending two weeks in Zambia, as part of an overall eight week programme. While in Zambia, Martina and the team will carry out numerous eye tests for locals and teach students in a local hospital how to conduct these eye tests, prescribe glasses and detect common eye diseases. With this training, these students will be able to provide optometry services to the community, who would not have access to this level of healthcare otherwise.

Vision Aid Overseas is committed to creating sustainable solutions in developing countries, with over 640 million people worldwide – 10% of the world’s population – being disadvantaged by poor vision and lack of spectacles.

Vision Aid Overseas

With the help of Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas will provide eye care to people living in Zambia. Up until recently, there had been a 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 at Specsavers Dundalk, Martina, commented: ‘In Ireland, we have access to excellent eye care but most people in Zambia are not as lucky, making it vital that we do all we can to improve their eye health services.’

Donate unwanted glasses

The team at Specsavers Dundalk is urging locals to donate their old, unwanted glasses, to help improve the eye health of those less fortunate. Customers can get involved in the appeal by dropping their old frames into the in-store collection, which will then be donated to Vision Aid Overseas. With over 50,000 frames donated by Irish stores per year, Specsavers Ireland’s contribution is significant.

Raffle

In an effort to support Martina’s upcoming travels, Specsavers Dundalk is holding a raffle in store, with €200 Specsavers vouchers up for grabs. Simply pop in store to purchase a raffle ticket for just €1 and the winner will be announced on Monday, 31st October with all proceeds will go directly to Vision Aid Overseas.

Just Giving

Martina, who recently completed a 10k walk and raised an impressive €2,000 for Vision Aid Overseas, said ‘We are encouraging locals to pop in store, buy a raffle ticket or donate what you can on my Just Giving page here. With the local community’s continued support, we hope to make a real difference in Zambia. By locals donating their old, unwanted glasses, we can really improve the eye health of those less fortunate. There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers across Dundalk that are no longer of use to their owners. All donations are welcome!”

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