In March, Anna heads off to Zambia with Vision Aid Overseas, the charity founded 30 years ago to help impoverished Third World Countries alleviate the problems they have with visual impairment. I know it will be a labour of love for her and an opportunity to use her skills in a country where 20% of its population suffer with an eye defect of one kind or another. With only a handful of full-time professional optometrists in practice, Zambia, like many other countries with similar needs relies heavily upon the skill and good will of these volunteers.
So, how can you help? Well in a number of ways actually. You can of course go directly to the Vision Aid Charity website and make a donation. You can click on the link https://www.justgiving.com/Anna-Hall-VAO to follow and perhaps even assist Anna’s progress in raising funds to help her make the trip. Or, you can nip down to see ourselves and allow us to recycle your poor old, once much loved, and now sadly neglected, out-of-time, out-of-date, out-of-fashion specs. This is a campaign that has proved very successful, and helped provide a simple and effective method for making things a little better for some who would otherwise almost certainly continue to go without.
10% of the world population (that’s 670 million!) are visually impaired because they can’t get the glasses they need. 13 million children alone are struggling to be properly educated simply because they are without ordinary eye-glasses that would rectify the problem in a moment.
If you have any old glasses knocking around the house simply gathering dust, then do yourself a big favour and dig them out and drop them down to our practice. We’ll be delighted to see that they’re given a good home.
Ladies, be ruthless as only you know how. We love that you always have one eye on pushing the needle on the stylometer. Our business depends upon it! However, don’t be so ruthless that the ‘oldies’ get dumped unceremoniously into the dustbin. Look after the poor critters and bring them into us.
Gentlemen, you are, arguably, a little slower to give in to the realisation, that your last choice was either ill-advised or purchased with more than a degree of indifference! If so, then get yourself down for a reappraisal, and know that in doing so, you will almost certainly be transporting your surplus specs half way across the globe to an extremely grateful recipient. And if you have made a recent purchase, chances are your old ones are lying ignominiously in your ‘man drawer’ in between some old batteries and that obsolete foreign currency you’re holding on to “just in case.” Anyone familiar with Michael McIntyre’s stand-up comedy routine will know exactly what I’m talking about, but even if you’re not a fan, and you’re anything like me, you’ll still be crying “mea culpa!”
The people at Vision Aid are doing a tremendous job helping in the fight against one of the major consequences of world poverty. Anna is extremely excited about the task and opportunity coming her way in a few weeks’ time. Do your bit to help before she goes if you can. If not, then continue to do your bit anyway.
This is certainly one charity appeal where you’re guaranteed to see the difference. Be part of the vision, and decommission those specs!