Spectrek is one of the great global recycling projects organised by Lions Clubs International and involves collecting and redistributing spectacles no longer required by the owner to new users in developing countries.
Millions of people in developing countries 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 and it costs Lions Clubs less than 5p to supply a pair of recycled spectacles to change someone’s life.
The challenge for Alton Lions is to collect more than 1500 pairs of spectacles, which will then be sent to a location in the UK for sorting, cleaning, grading and shipping directly to developing countries where local Lions Clubs organise the testing and distribution.
If you have spectacles that are no longer required please could you leave them for collection at The Alton Herald Office, at one of the local opticians in Alton or Four Marks or bring them to the next Lions Craft Market on Saturday 7 April.