If you’ve attended our clinic in the past year or so, you may have noticed that we’ve been collecting used spectacles for those in need.
We donate all collected spectacles to ABCDreams (Art Building Children’s Dreams), a small charity raising funds to help children to complete their education and achieve their dreams in rural Tanzania. Although the charity’s main aim is to help provide school lunches to vulnerable children, Morden Rotary Club - who is linked to the charity - introduced the annual spectacles clinic to the village two years ago to help those with eyesight problems. The Operations Manager for ABCDreams, John de Ronde, is a member of the rotary club, and he has been importing and distributing the glasses to the village as part of his regular visits to the region.
This year’s annual spectacles clinic was held on 15 February, and Morden Rotary Club president, Philip Watson, visited to see the benefits of the scheme for himself. The scheme raised 250 pairs of spectacles this year (150 more than last year) - and the donations mean that some locals who have not seen properly for years can now read a newspaper and live a more fulfilled life with the help of their new glasses. Those who benefited from the spectacles were greatly humbled and the village pastor thanked everybody who donated.
The scheme was introduced to the BSO via BSO employee and Morden Rotary Club member, John Telford. We’d like to send our thanks to everyone who has donated their spectacles so far, and to John de Ronde and John Telford for introducing us to such a worthy cause. We are still collecting spectacles at the BSO clinic, so why not come along and pop your old specs in to the box and help those in need? It’s a small act but one that will benefit those in need greatly.
If you’d like to find out more about the ABCDreams charity click here.