Minnies collect used glasses

August 02, 2017

Sacred Heart Primary students with Lion Glenda McLeod and deputy principal Matt Cameron.

The Lions Club of Tatura was delighted to receive a huge donation of reading glasses from the Sacred Heart Primary School Minnie Vinnie group last week.

Lion Glenda McLeod said she attended the school where she was presented with used reading glasses the Year 6 St Vincent de Paul’s group had been collecting.

The donation will help with the Lions’ Recycle for Sight program, according to Ms McLeod.

‘‘I attended the school last week with the collection of glasses I already had and we combined them all together to make a great display at their assembly,’’ Ms McLeod said.

The national program currently collects close to 600000 pairs of used spectacles, sunglasses, new frames, used lens, unused contact lens and a variety of medical support equipment each year.

‘‘The program cleans, grades and labels 450000 pairs annually of used spectacles and sunglasses at our three centres in Queensland,’’ the program website read.

‘‘The labelled end product is packed in boxes of 200 pairs, half of one prescription and 100 of the next higher prescription, under quality control rules.

‘‘Many Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and other humanitarian organisations receive our finished result for distribution to poor people overseas in need at no expense or obligation on the recipient.’’

Ms McLeod said working with the Minnie Vinnie students on collecting the glasses would be ongoing.

‘‘Thanks to all the students who participated in the project; well done,’’ she said.

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