Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sponsored Feature: Specsavers Waterford collects 6,000 pairs of frames for vision aid overseas

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Specsavers Waterford has led the way in giving a new lease of life to visually impaired people in the developing world, following news that the store team has collected over 6,000 pairs of frames for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

The Waterford store is one of many Specsavsers outlets in Ireland that have been collecting old and unused glasses to support the work carried out by this life-changing charity. VAO has operated in 26 developing countries and helped over 1 million patients to see since its foundation in 1985, as it works for a world in which everyone has access to eye care and spectacles.

Specsavers Waterford Store Director Garvan Mulligan explains: ‘The main aim of Vision Aid Overseas is to help some of the poorest people in the world to gain better sight. Lots of people have old glasses lying around at home with an out of date prescription, which are no longer being used. These unwanted glasses can be used by those in need. I would like to extend my gratitude to staff and customers of Specsavers Waterford who have showed their support for this worthy charity. These 6,000 pairs of specs will be a big help to those in need.’

Tym Marsh, Director of Vision Aid Overseas has expressed his delight with the Specsavers Ireland project: ‘It’s a huge help to us in building up our stock of spectacles’. He added “In addition to providing much needed spectacles, we also recruit and fund more than 70 volunteers each year, including Specsavers employees to go and work in developing countries. Their work, combined with the distribution of the old spectacles, can really mean a whole new lease of life for visually impaired people.

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