SPECTREK – 153 Million Reasons Lions Recycle for Sight

Spectrek is one of the great recycling projects organised by Lions Clubs, which involves collecting and recycling spectacles no longer required by the owner to new users in need.

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism) which 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.

It costs Lions less than 5p to provide a pair of recycled spectacles and change someone’s life.

Last year Alton Lions collected nearly 1500 pairs of spectacles from local opticians that are then sent to a national location for sorting, cleaning, grading and shipping. The grading of spectacles is carried out in the UK and on completion they are shipped directly to developing countries where local Lions clubs effect the distribution.

If you have spectacles that are no longer required please could you leave them for collection at The Alton Herald Office or at one of the local opticians in Alton or Four Marks by Saturday 9 April.

Mike Baker
Lions Club of Alton