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Stafffinders restart Vision Aid Overseas campaign

Stafffinders restart Vision Aid Overseas campaign
 
The work of Vision Aid Overseas began in 1985 when a group of optometrists and dispensing opticians decided to do something about the appalling lack of eyecare in the developing world. They each took 2 weeks out of their practices to establish clinics in Tanzania where they tested the eyes of local people and dispensed second-hand spectacles collected in the UK.
 
A number of years back Jane Wylie-Roberts, owner of Stafffinders Recruitment Agency, ran a highly successful campaign that involved collecting tens of thousands of old spectacles and redistributing these to various countries in Africa including Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia via Vision Aid Overseas.
 
Stafffinders restarted the campaign late 2009, with Vision Aid spectacle boxes distributed to many Schools, Churches, Charity shops and Businesses across Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The children, workers and parishioners have again given the campaign an overwhelming response with many boxes now flooding back in with an estimated 5,000 spectacles already collected.
 
Since registering as a charity in 1987, Vision Aid Overseas optical volunteers have operated hundreds of clinics in 23 countries and tested the eyes of over 600,000 patients, helping over 350,000 people to see with a pair of spectacles.

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