BIG hearted Limerick people have donated more than 630 pairs of glasses for a drive to help disadvantaged communities.
Each year, the Castletroy and District Lions Club, which exists to raise money for local, national and international causes, holds a spectacle appeal.
An initiative of Lions clubs internationally, it encourages people from across the area to drop pairs of spectacles which they do not use anymore into boxes located at various places in the district.
In turn, these are donated to those in the developing world, who face a deeper decline into poverty because they cannot read or write without glasses.
It is a huge improvement on last year when the Lions Club ran a spectacle appeal - when 500 pairs of glasses were collected.
The Castletroy and District Lions Club - which takes in a huge area from the suburbs out to Murroe - set up collection points, including at the Castletroy Shopping Centre, Milford Church, Milford Care Centre, Monaleen School, Castletroy College and Ahane Church.
The glasses are now being sorted and sent across to Chichester Lions Club in England, which will send the spectacles to Africa.
Club president Rita O’Donoghue said the appeal really makes a difference.
“It can make the difference between being able to see or not. What we take for granted can make such a difference to somebody less fortunate. It can literally change someone’s life,” she told the Limerick Leader.
Ms O’Donoghue also extended a word of thanks to courier firm DPD Ireland which provided a haulier service free of charge.
Founded in 1998, the Castletroy and District Lions club engage in a number of fundraising and service activities throughout the year.
It has raised funds for CARI, Milford Care Centre and Monaleen Cancer Support.
The club is also facilitating the HSE in running a suicide awareness programme (ASIST) in October of this year.
The Club meets once a month in the Castletroy Park Hotel on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
For more information and to join up, contact the club’s president Rita O’Donoghue on 087-2209023.
Alternatively, you can contact Kieran Horgan, who was co-ordinating the Spectacle Recycling Project, on 087-9099995.