Creating a spectacle for charity
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.
The Timaru Herald