January 2013

Serving the communities of Hook, Odiham, Hartley Wintney and the surrounding villages  since 1987


 

 A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN OUR AREA WHO GAVE US DONATIONS,BOUGHT RAFFLE TICKETS & MULLED WINE AT THE MARKETS. WE RAISED THE GRAND TOTAL OF 2855.40 AVAILABLE FOR OUR CHARITY SUPPORT.

 

 


 How You Can Help Someone To See Properly


Have you any old or unwanted spectacles?   If you do, Hook and Odiham Lions would be glad to receive them, as one of the ways in which Lions try to be Knights of the Blind is by recycling unwanted spectacles. Every year, in late April, Petersfield Lions hold a SPEKTREK where they visit various locations within our Lions District to pick up the spectacles collected by over sixty Lions clubs.  Often in excess of over 100,000 pairs are collected!  Hook and Odiham Lions are one of the clubs who participate.


How can you help us?   You can give us your unwanted spectacles.  You can leave them at the venues listed elsewhere in this news sheet.    Father Christmas or his helpers are always willing to receive glasses when they call upon you in December or when they are outside local shops.  Finally, you can always give them to Lions at any events in which they are participating in the local area or you can contact myself.


Once collected, the spectacles are stored in Petersfield until they can be passed to Chichester Lions who, with the help of Midhurst Lions, sort them, removing any broken ones.  They are then sent to Medico France in Le Havre which is run by the local Lions club. Here all spectacles are washed and cleaned before being sorted by grading machines; placed in plastic wallets and labelled with the grade. 

Once this has happened they are sent to Lions clubs and other organisations in twenty-three different countries, mainly in Africa and Eastern Europe for distribution to those who would not otherwise have access to spectacles because of the high cost (between three and six months wages).  Medico France has three full-time employees whilst the administration is provided by Lions.  The costs are covered by French Lions clubs, grants and from selling second hand clothes.
Imagine for a moment what it would be like not to have clear vision and how wonderful it would be to see clearly.  Your old, unwanted spectacles can provide this gift of clear vision to some one else and transform their lives.   

Report by Lion Judith Goodchild.

 

Where To Hand In Unwanted Spectacles

 


Phone 07817 886 002
www.hookandodihamlions.co.uk