Lions Clubs International have a long association with supporting the blind ever since Helen Keller challenges Lions International to become ‘Knights for the Blind’ in 1925. The Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland Spectacle Recycling Initiative, launched originally by the Lions Club of Chichester in 1967, today sees nearly a third of a million pairs of used glasses collected, sorted and distributed annually to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India and Eastern Europe in partnership with Medico France.
The project also raises financial support for eye related projects at home and overseas by recycling scrap metal from spectacles that are broken or unsuitable for recycling.
Eyeglass Recycling – How You Can Help: Donate glasses and change someone’s life. Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. And provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive. Every day, our recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more.
Drop Your Eyeglasses in Lions Collection Boxes: You can drop off your usable eyewear at Lions-sponsored collection boxes in your community. Typical locations include libraries, schools, community centers, places of worship, coffee shops, optometrist offices and other public locations where communities socialize and get together.
For more information on this project or to drop off spectacles for recycling please contact Liam at 087-6687367.