SHAKESPEARE Lions have their sights set on helping people around the world to see – and they need your help.
Lions have dedicated themselves to preventing blindness, restoring sight, and improving eye care services since 1925.
The Lions SightFirst programme has helped restore sight to 30million people globally since its inception in 1990 by
investing in eye care services, improving hundreds of eye care facilities and training thousands of eye care professionals.
And to mark this year’s awareness day on Sunday (October 16), Shakespeare Lions Club in Stratford is collecting used spectacles from opticians in the area. These are then sent to the Lions Eye Health Programme where they are tested and serviced before being sent on to needy people in the developing world.
Over the past year Shakespeare Lions have collected almost 12,500 used spectacles – all of which could improve the life of a person in the developing world – and also 1,500 hearing aids.
And spectacle cases donated with glasses have also helped closer to home – being passed to the Shakespeare Hospice for sale to raise much needed funds to support their work.
To donate used spectacles/hearing aids, in the knowledge that you might give the gift of vision back to a deserving person, Lion’s collection bins and participating opticians can be found in Stratford at Harrison’s Opticians; Specsavers; Vision Express; Zeiss Opticians; Walford & Round, Tesco, Morrison; and Stratford Hospital. In Henley at Andrew Tissington Opticians.
Visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/shakespeare/ for further details.