Old glasses sought for Belfast Lions charity drive
An initiative to recycle old or unwanted pairs of glasses is helping people in countries as far afield as Africa and Asia
Belfast City Council is backing the Belfast Lions Club initiative to send old glasses to eye camps in developing countries and Eastern Europe where they are matched to the right patient.
Belfast Lions are working with the charity Extern and ArtsEkta on the project. The donated glasses are collected from the council's four recycling centres and shipped to a Lions centre in England for distribution.
Steven Corr, chairman of the council's health and environmental services committee, said: "This is a really great idea and I'm delighted that the council is involved. We take a lot of things for granted here; people often have more than one pair of glasses and change them quite regularly, so to be able to help others in developing countries have the gift of better vision is really fantastic.
Michael Fisher, president of Belfast Lions Club, added: "This project is a good example of how Lions can make a difference not only in their own communities but worldwide."
The glasses are collected from specially marked blue bins at the council's four recycling centres at Ormeau, Palmerston Road, Alexandra Park and Blackstaff.
Find out about recycling facilities in your area at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/recycling.