DISADVANTAGED people from all over the world will benefit from recycled spectacles courtesy of Eastbourne Lions.
The photo shows showering club president Alison Cairns with used spectacles, which will end up in Africa, India and Eastern European eye camps for use by people with sight impairments.
It all started in 1967 as a project for the Chichester Lions Club and now involves Lions Clubs throughout the UK.
The Eastbourne club has for years been highly active sending an average of 1000 pairs every month to Chichester in boxes and bags of all shapes and sizes.
There they are processed by club members and other volunteers in their ‘workshop’ and all spectacles considered suitable for recycling are forwarded to Medico France in Le Havre. Medico France has the necessary equipment to clean and grade the spectacles ready for use before sending on to the eye camps.
In Eastbourne special blue boxes can be seen in various Opticians, Chemists, the DGH and more for the public to donate their unwanted eye glasses and Eastbourne Lions wish to pass on their sincere thanks to these outlets for their help and to the general public for donating these unwanted yet valuable items.
For more information regarding where the specs go visit: www.chilions.org.uk/specs.htm
For more information regarding Eastbourne Lions Club visit: www.eastbournelions.net