Those old spectacles, those neglected and forgotten glasses…there's a chance to put them to good use.

Search 'em out, and on 22nd October, between 7-9pm, get round to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Newton Street, Stornoway, and drop them off to bring hope to others throughout the world. 

The glasses collections are organised by the Lions Clubs International, which is an international non-political service organization. 

Much of the focus of Lions Clubs International work as a service club organization is to raise money for worthy causes. All funds raised by Lions Clubs from the general public are used for charitable purposes, and administrative costs are kept strictly separate and paid for by members. Some of the money raised for a club’s charity account goes toward projects that benefit the local community of an individual club.

Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, addressed the first international conference of the Lions clubs. She charged them to do something about blindness to support disadvantaged, blind people to access education.

The Lions club branch in Aberdeen has donated over 100,000 pairs of unwanted and old glasses to organisations, predominantly in Africa, but also is Asian countries.

In Africa, many children from deprived backgrounds are not diagnosed with eye problems as they cannot afford to seek treatment. Children with poor eye-sight arrive at school and are not able to engage in lessons. Glasses are provided to help needy children to see and engage in education, which is vital to their futures.

Adults are supported too. The Lions club International is actively engaged in arranging cataract surgery, free at the point of contact, to help people see again. Glasses are also distributed to help impoverished people to see clearly.

Lions Club Aberdeen works in partnership with Parcelforce to collect and deliver donations of old and unwanted glasses. These are then delivered to the Lions Club ophthalmic laboratory in Chichester, England where they are quality checked. Once this is complete, the glasses are delivered to French Lions Club for distribution to organisations for the needy.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Aberdeen has been working with the Aberdeen branch of the Lions Club to collect old and unwanted glasses for some years and now the branch of the Church on Newton Street in Stornoway is getting involved to promote the campaign on the Isle of Lewis. This is in the hope of reaching more people who can support this worthy cause by donating old and unwanted glasses.

A collection will take place on 22nd October 2019, between 7 and 9pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Newton Street, Stornoway. All donations will be gratefully received.