Specsavers Opticas launches national campaign to collect glasses for Lions Club International

Specsavers Opticas announces the start of a campaign to collect unwanted glasses to present to the Lions Clubs at the beginning of May and start their “Recycle for Sight Month” off in the best possible way. There are eight Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca and they are calling on their local communities to get involved so that they can collect as many glasses as possible and beat their 2013 campaign which collected 4,436 pairs.

Specsavers Opticas and Lions Clubs International are committed to helping the world to see, and this collection will change lives in areas where people desperately need access to glasses. Specsavers are asking community groups, schools and clubs to help them by having a collection and bringing them into their nearest store so glasses don’t go to waste. The campaign will run from 16th February to 29th April 2015, to find your nearest store visit www.specsavers.es.

After the glasses are donated in store they are sent to the Lions Club’s recycling plant in Alicante where they are first separated into single vision, bifocals, varifocals and sunglasses. They are then graded according to prescription strength, cleaned and boxed for distribution.

Lions Club representatives are located across many developing countries including Africa and India. They test the eyes of locals and send requests for the required prescription glasses onto the fulfilment plant. Lions Clubs International collects around 70,000 pairs of glasses in their Alicante Centre to be re-dispensed every year, with each one being donated and hand selected for specific people in need. For more information on Lions Clubs International and to find your local branch visit www.lionsclubs.org

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