Creating a spectacle for charity

17:00, May 13 2011
WHAT A SIGHT: Members of Timaru Suburban Lions are collecting old glasses to send to people in the Pacific Islands. President Angela Kerr, left, and project director Mary Williamson hope people will donate more eyewear in the next few weeks.
WHAT A SIGHT: Members of Timaru Suburban Lions are collecting old glasses to send to people in the Pacific Islands. President Angela Kerr, left, and project director Mary Williamson hope people will donate more eyewear in the next few weeks.

Timaru Suburban Lions club is creating a spectacle around town.

The organisation has collected more than 100 pairs of old glasses already, but is hoping more will be dropped in this month and next.

President Angela Kerr said the eyewear would be sent to Christchurch and Auckland to be checked and cleaned, before going to the Pacific Islands to be used by people with sight problems.

"We don't want [old glasses] to be chucked out; we want them to be used by people who need them," Mrs Kerr said.

The project had not been run in Timaru for the past 10 years, but members decided to revive it in August last year. It started in 1925 when Helen Keller, born deaf, blind and mute, challenged Lions clubs to be "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the clubs' international convention in the United States.

Prescription glasses, sunglasses, lenses, cases and frames can be left at any optometrist's office in Timaru, or to Roberts, Dee St or Moyle's pharmacies.

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