Lions Clubs have been supporting sight-related initiatives for one hundred years. It was a Lions Club that “invented” both the white cane for those who are visually impaired and the red and white cane for people who are both visually and hearing impaired.
Swindon Lions collects used spectacles – even if they are broken. There is a spectacle collection bin in The White Horse Optical Practice, Unit 7, The Brunel Centre, Swindon.
The spectacles are taken to a centre where another Lions Club sorts them. Good spectacles are graded for distribution to developing countries.
Valuable metals are taken out, sold in bulk and the money received is used to run the warehouse where the spectacles are graded and to support Lions Clubs in their work for the blind and partially sighted.
Vintage spectacles are sold to specialist shops or theatrical agencies. Income from the sale is used to support Lions Clubs in their sight related activities.
Sunglasses are sent to countries where people are working in very bright sunlight and where sight strain is a real problem eg working on salt flats etc.