We need your old prescription glasses
The Lions Club of Reading collect thousands of unwanted prescription spectacles for the annual Lions Spectrek Day!!
Every April throughout the Central, Southern England (District 105D) Lions gather together for the annual Spectrek event. This is the day when all the old prescription glasses collected throughout the year are boxed and delivered to Chichester Lions (via Midhurst Lions) who help with the storage and packing.
Each year more than 100,000 pairs are collected from across the south of England with the Lions Club of Reading collecting in excess of 4,000 pairs from Leightons Opticians, Scrivens Opticians , but close to 95% from Specsavers.
So what happens to the specs after Midhurst?
The Midhurst Lions have a regular sorting and packing session. They go through the specs discarding the junk, breakages etc. Where gold is present in the frames, they arrange for its extraction to raise money for the Southampton Hospital Eye Department. Midhurst also have a regular cases and sunglasses stall at the local community centre. The repacked specs are then passed on to Chichester Lions.
Chichester Lions store the packages and twice a year load them onto a large transit van and cross the channel to Le Havre. Here, with the assistance of Le Havre Lions, the specs are taken to a small charity. This Charity, run by a nuns and manned by a number of disabled people, who then grade the specs and prepare them for the last leg of their journey to sight projects in Africa and Asia.
We are very proud of our collective achievements. The Lions spectacle collection project is more than recycling; it is reuse of a costly asset. Over the last 28 years we have collected over 2.2 million pairs!.
How you can help:
Consider donating your unwanted prescription glasses. Take them along to Specsavers at 45 Broad Street Reading RG1 2AA who have a Lions collection box. Your help is much appreciated.
Together we can bring hope to many families in the developing world who have been blighted by loss of sight.