Pupils from five primary schools in Grantham are hoping to give the gift of sight to children in developing countries by collecting old and unwanted glasses for an international charity which recycles them.
The appeal, which is being led by Lunettes Opticians in Grantham, Sleaford and Ruskington, will involve children from local schools collecting the glasses on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas which has helped over over 13 million children and adults in developing countries to see.
Lunettes Opticians will also be collecting glasses in each of their practices and are pledging £2 to donate to Vision Aid Overseas for every eye examination carried out throughout October.
Tushar Majithia, managing director of Lunettes Opticians who is spearheading the appeal, said: “We are very privileged in this country that we all have access to sophisticated eye care. Eye health is intrinsic to so much, education, and employment being two examples.
“The reality is that what we take for granted doesn’t exist for many millions of people around the globe and our partnership with Vision Aid Overseas allows us to help in a small way.”
Schools taking part in the Lunettes Appeal include Barrowby Primary School, Allington with Sedgebrook Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Ingoldsby Primary School and St Sebastian’s Primary. Optometrists and staff from Lunettes Opticians will also be visiting several of the schools to discuss the importance of eye health with pupils.
Vison Aid Overseas is dedicated to transforming access to eye care services to enable children and adults to gain a valuable education, which in turn helps in the fight against poverty. Ten per cent of the world’s population – 670 million people – are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.
If anyone would like to donate their old or unwanted glasses to the appeal, do so at Lunettes in The George Centre, Grantham.