Monday 19 February 2018

Response to Lions Club appeal surpasses all expectations

The response Swords & District and Malahide Lions Clubs has received following their Used Spectacle Appeal for Third World countries has surpassed all of their expectations.

Over 1,000 pairs of spectacles have already been boxed and shipped overseas to help people with impaired vision since the appeal was launched earlier this year. A special collection box, which was made by members of Swords Men's Shed, was placed in The Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords when the project was launched in May,

And through the generosity of the public, the huge amount of used spectacles were placed in the collection box. The used spectacles are routed, courtesy of parcel service DPD Ireland, through the UK (Chichester Lions Club) and onwards to Medico France in Le Havre.

The spectacles are then sorted, graded and made ready for use for people with impaired vision in countries such as India, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nepal, Bolivia and many more.

The members of Swords and District, and Malahide, Lions Clubs wish to extend a big thank you to all who have deposited used spectacles in our collection box in The Pavilions. 'Thanks are also due to the management and staff of The Pavilions, the members of Swords Men's' Shed (who supplied the box) and our shipping partners DPD, who provide the transport to the Chichester Lions Club in the U.K. on the first leg to the eventual recipients in the Third World,' said Maurice Kealy, PRO, Swords Lions Club.

'The response has surpassed our expectations. A thousand thanks to all. Let's keep up the great service,' he added.

Fingal Independent

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