UPDATE: thanks for all your help. We're sharing stories of the volunteer trip over on our Facebook page, come check it out!
We know most glasses wearers have an old pair - or three - lying around. They're not much good to you anymore, but there's a way to make them good as new again.
This July, Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas is sending a team of optometrists and other medical professionals to Fiji to match those in need with pairs of donated glasses. In just two weeks, they will see &
help about 2,000 people.
We need donations of:
- Hobby glasses
- Sunglasses (non-prescription)
- Optical glasses (preferably single vision i.e. distance or reading glasses, rather than multi-focal/progressives)
Glasses should be in good condition i.e. lenses not scratched, arms complete etc as they are sorted and categorised but not refurbished.
We've set up public collection boxes at:
Mr Foureyes (57 Rakau Rd, Hataitai)
Ripe Coffee (Boulcott St, city & Small Batch, Petone)
Z Energy HQ (Queens Wharf)
We are also collecting glasses from selected schools & businesses throughout June. Find out more here:
Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas (VOSO) is a New Zealand charitable trust that provides free eye aid to the Pacific. This completely voluntary based service that has been supported for over 30 years by optometrists, and ophthalmologists alike.
Go to VOSO >
The Karori branch is one of three Lions Clubs around New Zealand where volunteers work tirelessly to collect, clean, and package glasses to take to the Pacific Islands.
Learn more below:
Here are some photos from previous trips.
VOSO runs volunteer trips to a number of Pacific Islands. The Fiji trip is normally the busiest of these - over the two weeks we are there, we see about 2,000 people, and provide cataract surgery to about 100 people.
I'm going to be blogging and sharing pictures about the upcoming trip, so follow us below to stay in touch.