A record 1642 Alton Specs for the Lions ‘SPECTREK’ project

Alton Lions Derek Shaw and David Hodder with Chichester Lions Club President, Richard Hall and Joan Tidy.

Alton Lions Club (CIO) have collected a record 1642 spectacles this year and delivered them to Chichester Lions Club where they are graded before being despatched to the Lions Club in Le Harvre, France for distribution to destinations in Africa. These spectacles have been collected with the help of Students at Amery Hill, Eggar’s, Alton and Treloar’s Colleges’ and by Local Opticians Boots, Specsavers, Alton Eye Care and Blinx (Kingsley) and by Alton Herald Office, the Lions stall on the monthly Craft Market and by Alton club members.

Spectrek is one of the great Lions Clubs International ‘Sight’ projects and involves recycling spectacles no longer required by the owner to new users in need. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 150 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism) that can be easily diagnosed and treated with corrective lenses. For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development, for adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength and for seniors it means less dependence on others.

Since becoming involved in the Spectrek project, Alton Lions Club (CIO) has, with the support of the local community, collected over 14000 pairs of spectacles to date.

If you have spectacles that are no longer required, please consider recycling them at the locations mentioned above. If you would like to become involved in this or another community service project please contact 0845 833 2701 or email altonlions@105d.org.uk.