Specsavers Ópticas in Calpe and Real Estate Agents Inmo Cobat are working together to support disadvantaged young people in Sri Lanka.

Old and unused glasses collected by the Calpe store were taken to Sri Lanka by a team from Inmo Cobat who visited the Ayubowan charity project at the end of last year. They delivered the boxes of reading glasses via local schools, teachers and through the Buddhist temples in the area, to ensure as many people as possible had access to these important visual aids.

The Inmo Cobat team asked a local teacher to gather people from her village who needed reading glasses and people travelled from far and wide to collect them. They explained that glasses are hard to come by due to the expense and the difficulty in getting to the big cities to buy them. People are often afraid to visit an eye doctor, due to the high cost of the appointments and the glasses themselves, so they are left with poor vision, which restricts their prospects at school and at work.

As well as distributing children’s glasses to two schools on the Hulandawa tea estate, glasses were left with teachers, who are well respected in the community and have been trained to check the eyesight of children and give glasses when required. This means the community will continue to benefit from this donation for some time.

‘We are very happy that our donation of reading glasses was put to such good use in Sri Lanka and are very grateful to Inmo Cobat for bringing our attention to this important cause. We have been collecting old and unused glasses at the store for many years and were delighted to be able to support the charity in this way. We continue to collect glasses at the store and appreciate any donation from customers and our local residents. These glasses will be distributed via the Lions Club network in 2019, to help many more people in developing countries to get access to the eye care they need.’

You can drop off your unwanted glasses to Avenida Ejércitos Españoles No. 6 in Calpe or Avenida Del Pla 125 in Javea. Visit www.specsavers.es for directions and store opening times.