WORLD Sight Day this month signalled a huge achievement by the Shirley Lions Club as they passed the 60,000 mark for spectacles collected for third world countries.
Lions Clubs International is an international organisation recognised for its service to the blind and visually impaired. The organisation, which began in 1925, operates the 'SightFirst' programme, targeting preventable and reversible blindness.
World Sight Day takes place every year on October 9 and was created in 1998 to raise awareness of the organisations' objectives. Collecting used glasses for third world distribution is part of this annual event.
The Shirley Lions Club raised £8,000 for the organisation this year as well as collecting over 9,000 spectacles. With ten years of collection under their belt, the local club has acquired over 60,000 pairs of used spectacles for developing countries.
Shirley Lions Club sight officer, Lion Eric Morris spoke of their achievements this year: "As just one small club in this world-wide programme we are proud not just to have contributed £8,000, but to have raised this from local events, such as stalls at local fetes, the Shirley Carnival, quizzes and Race Night.
If you are interested in finding out more about Shirley Lions Club, and serving those who need help both locally and around the world, please do contact Eric on 0121 744 6145.