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Every year the Lochaber Rotary Club looks to work with an international charity aimed at reducing poverty and suffering in Third World countries.
The big Rotary International project, in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to eradicate polio.
In addition to supporting this project, for the last Rotary year the Lochaber Club decided to support Vision Aid Overseas, collecting more than 300 pairs of old spectacles donated by residents of Lochaber, which the charity recycles to raise funds to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.
Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the world’s poorest people to see clearly for over 30 years.
Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eyesight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.
Club President Clive Talbot told us: ‘Without affordable eye care services, people living with poor eyesight often leave their condition to go untreated which can make their eyesight worse and can, if left untreated for long enough, lead to permanent blindness.
Vision Aid Overseas own vision is that ‘no one lives in poverty because of poor eyesight; no one lives with poor eyesight because of poverty’.
‘We are delighted with the Lochaber public’s splendid response – 300 recycled pairs of old spectacles will boost the project enormously.’