Spec-tacular effort from Moray optician for Africa

The Moray public are being asked to gather in their old specs and drop them off at the Specsavers store in Elgin so that can be recycled for Africa.

The Elgin optician undertook a similar exercise in 2014 that saw 3250 pairs of unwanted glasses handed in – all subsequently gifted to Vision Aid Overseas, a charity the company has supported for over ten years.

Vision Aid Overseas will recycle the glasses and all cash raised will go towards their work in Zambia – including a programme that provides essential eye tests as well as training for local optometrists.

Director at the Elgin store is Peter Taylor, who said: “There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers that are no longer in use.

“In Britain we are used to having access to excellent eye care on our high streets but most people in Zambia are not as lucky so it is important we do what we can to improve eye health there.”

A collection bin has been established at Specsavers in Elgin and people are being asked to drop their old and unwanted specs there.

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