A campaign by the Lions
International is urging people not to throw away their old eyeglasses, as there
are millions of impoverished people around the world who would greatly benefit
Standard Chartered Trust and the
Lions Club of Tropical Gardens are joining forces to ask the people of Cayman
to donate their used eyeglasses.
Each year, Lions International
carries out eyeglasses missions around the world, mostly in impoverished
Organisers point out that clear
vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of
life for children, expanded employment opportunities and earnings potential for
adults, and less dependence on others for the elderly.
It costs Lions International less
than a few pennies to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses that could change a
The clubs collect all kinds of
eyeglasses, even those with broken frames and single lenses, as well as intact
pairs. A lensometer determines the eyeglass prescription and then the glasses
are cleaned and packaged accordingly. They are stored until ready to be shipped
to a destination, where eye tests are conducted to determine the need.
In Cayman, everyone who donates a
pair of glasses will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a US$100 gift
certificate from Da Sunglass Man store in Camana Bay.
You can donate your glasses at:
Camana Bay on Saturday, 16 October; Kirk Supermarket on Saturday, 13 November;
Hurley’s Supermarket; or at any time at Kirkconnells Supermarket in Cayman
Brac; any optometrist at Cayman Islands Hospital and Chrissie Tomlinson
Memorial Hospital; or at Standard Chartered Trust at Corporate Plaza, off
Godfrey Nixon Way.
For information, call the Lions
Club of Tropical Gardens on 916-5008 or 916-3345.