The nine Specsavers Ópticas stores in Spain have renewed their commitment to support the Lions Clubs in their region. All stores are collecting used glasses and have made agreements with their local Lions groups to distribute those glasses to people who need them in developing countries.

Specsavers Ópticas in Santa Ponça and the Calvia Lions have been collaborating since 2012, due to their shared commitment to ending avoidable blindness and improving eye health. They collect around 1,000 pairs of glasses for the charity each year and are looking to boost that number this year through improved awareness of the collaboration.

Specsavers Ópticas customers donate their old glasses at the store and these are picked up by Lions Club volunteers, then sent to the Melvin Jones glasses recycling centre near Alicante. At the centre, they clean, repair and sort the glasses into the different prescriptions and then send the glasses to where they can be used again. They send around 100,000 pairs of glasses to over 30 countries each year, predominantly in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

“We take it for granted that we can correct our vision with a pair of glasses if our sight is bad,” explained Martin Blake from Specsavers Ópticas, “but in many parts of the world people don’t have that luxury and poor eye sight can make life very difficult for vulnerable people. Having a pair of glasses can really change someone’s life, by allowing them to return to work, or to continue their studies. This is why we are delighted to renew our agreement with the Calvia Lions Club to donate unwanted glasses and put them to good use.”

You can drop your unwanted glasses off at Specsavers Ópticas on Avda. Rei Jaume 117 in Santa Ponça. Find out more by visiting en.specsavers.es. For more information about the Calvia Lions, visit www.mallorcalions.org

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