Putting third world countries in focus

KEEP 'EM COMING: Lions Club's Ken Poulsen sends off his second shipment this year of used spectacles for recycling.

KEEP 'EM COMING: Lions Club's Ken Poulsen sends off his second shipment this year of used spectacles for recycling.

The Lions Club – locally through project leader Ken Poulsen – is continuing on its mission to bring better sight to those in developing countries through the Lions Recycle For Sight campaign.

Mr Poulsen has packed up and shipped off another 140 pairs of used spectacles, collected through Brennan and Smith Optometrists and Soul Pattinson Chemist or handed directly to him.

He feels most of the spectacles come from people upgrading to new frames and lenses, but remains amazed that a relatively-small population can generate so many pairs of unwanted glasses. He has managed to ship off a total of 300 pairs so far this year alone.

At least they are going to a very good cause.

“The gift of sight, although it may be taken for granted by ourselves, means so much more to these people, enabling a better way of life in so many ways,” Lions Recycle for Sight manager Graeme Emery said in a thankyou letter to the Lions Club of Tenterfield.

 The glasses end up at one of two centres for recycling by teams of volunteers together with participants from Work for the Dole and Department of Community Services.

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