25.02.2010

Thousands of pairs of specs collected for charity in Hong Kong

Thousands of pairs of specs collected for charity in Hong Kong

By Alexa Kaczka

Thousands of people with vision impairments who cannot afford eyecare are set to receive glasses thanks to the efforts of the Hong Kong Broadband Network.

The firm gathered 10,456 pairs of specs from customers and business partners as part of its Glasses for Gift of Sight initiative, reports Globe Newswire.

"Our Gift of Sight Initiative collects used glasses for redeployment by Crossroads to less affluent communities around the world. In 2008, we raised 970 glasses in a similar campaign," commented Annie Sin, director of Administration at the firm.

Also commenting on the achievement, Laura Brooks, PR and development manager of Crossroads Foundation, said that the glasses will be "literally a "gift of sight"" and added that the number of pairs donated was "amazing".

Here in the UK, anyone who has decided to make the swap to contact lenses or just has several pairs of old glasses, can donate their unwanted spaces to charities such as Vision Aid Overseas.

by Adrian Galbreth


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