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Good as new - collecting donated glasses for the Pacific

May 25, 2017 2 Comments

Good as new - collecting donated glasses for the Pacific

This July, Ravi from Mr Foureyes will be donating his time to go along on a volunteer trip to Fiji with Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas. In just two weeks, a team of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other medical professionals will test the eyesight and provide donated glasses for around 2,000 people.

Over the course of June, Mr Foureyes will be assisting Karori Lions Club to collect donated glasses for this trip. We are in the process of setting up collection points around the city, so watch this space for details. Several local schools and workplaces are also involved. 

Collected glasses are sorted, and a special piece of equipment (donated by Mr Foureyes) is used to record the prescription details. They will then be boxed up for transport to Fiji - where they help many people who don't currently have access to the eyewear they need. According to some estimates, fixing vision problems like this can increase productivity by 35% and monthly income by 20% - not to mention giving people a chance to enjoy looking at their loved ones!  

We are planning to document the process right here on this blog, so keep in touch to see how your old glasses can be good as new again. 

Group of people waiting to get their eyes tested on a volunteer trip in the Pacific

Smiling women wearing donated glasses from Fiji volunteer trip

 





2 Responses

Steph from Mr Foureyes
Steph from Mr Foureyes

June 28, 2017

Hi Leonie, thanks for your question. In Auckland, glasses can be dropped direct to the Papakura Lions Club, who are involved in sorting donated glasses. The address for them is care of Selwyn Homestead, 21 Youngs Rd, Papakura. The Blood Donation Centre on Lake Rd, Takapuna also has a collection box on their desk. If neither of those options work for you though, generally your local optometrist should be able to take donated glasses and send them on, on your behalf.

Leonie
Leonie

June 27, 2017

Hi there – is there an Auckland drop off for glasses? Cheers. Leonie

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