By Martin Burns
A drive in Canada to collect sunglasses for police officers in Afghanistan has gathered hundreds of pairs.
Pharmacist Arthur McDonough told the Times Transcript that he had managed to collect 400 pairs of sunglasses to help the efforts of his friend Tim Hobson.
Mr Hobson has managed to gather 600 pairs in total.
A retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and president of the New Brunswick RCMP Veterans Association, Mr Hobson heard from another retired officer that the need exists for protective eyewear for Afghan police trainees.
He told the publication that the trainees have nothing to protect them against the strong sun of their country.
The RCMP is training people in Afghanistan to become police officers.
It is an agency of Canada"s ministry of public safety and the country"s national police force.
There are now more than 28,000 people within it and its remit includes combating terrorism and organised crime.
by Alexa Kaczka