Appeal answered with 500 pairs of glasses

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

More than 500 pairs of glasses have been gathered up by a Clutha community group to be sent to people in need.

The Balclutha Lions club have set up a drop-in centre at Bridgman Eyecare, where people can drop off their unneeded glasses.

Lions club member Kaye Jopson said the project had been going for about eight months, and she was “very happy” with the result.

“This is what Lions is all about,” Mrs Jopson said.

“If you have a pair lying around, either bring them in, or give us a call and we can come and collect them,” she said.

From Balclutha, the glasses would be transported “up the chain” in the Lions, checked over for faults, and then sent off to developing nations in the Pacific, such as Fiji.

People in these places were more prone to diabetes›induced eye problems and less able to get the tools to deal with that.

Donations of sunglasses would also be appreciated.

“When these people in developing nations have received eye surgery, they need to wear sunglasses for some time after that.”

“Our whole aim is to get the glasses to the people that need them at the lowest cost possible.”

With Lions clubs working together around the globe to cover expenses, there would be “no cost anywhere along the line” for anyone else.