For some families, buying prescription glasses for their children is unthinkable – let’s face it, they’re not cheap! But we strongly believe that all kids with eyesight issues deserve to have the gift of sight, which is why we’re extremely grateful for the donated glasses we receive which we can pass on to those who need them but perhaps can’t afford to buy them.
Lions Clubs have a great scheme called Recycle For Sight, where they collect used glasses (prescription, reading, sunglasses) and send them to their processing centres to be sorted, checked for scratches and cracks, tightening screws then washing in an ultrasonic washer and dryer. These glasses are normally earmarked for the Pacific Islands through organisations like VOSO, but some of them are not able to be sent overseas – either the lenses are not suitable for donation (and replacing the lenses are not cost-effective for Lions) or in some cases the frames are brand new without any lenses! We are very grateful to be the recipients of some of these collected glasses – our last donated batch included these great quality Ray-Bans.
If you have good quality, undamaged eyewear you’d like to donate, you can send them to any of these locations:
Papakura Lions Club
21 Youngs Road, Papakura 2110
Contact: Kevin Bromwich
T: (09) 298 1414
Karori Lions Club
36 Parkvale Road Karori, Wellington, 6012
Contact: Jennie Vowles
T: (04) 476 4481
Mr Foureyes was created to work alongside, and support, the charity in multiple ways including a buy-one-gift-one scheme: when you buy a pair of glasses through Mr Foureyes, they’ll gift a pair of glasses on your behalf to the Foureyes Foundation to be given to a child who needs them. Mr Foureyes was founded by the co-founder of the Foureyes Foundation, Ravi Dass: www.mrfoureyes.co.nz