Give the Gift of Sight through the OneSight Foundation. There's life in your old glasses

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Today OneSight launched an appeal to collect 50,000 pairs of second hand glasses to help disadvantaged communities around the world. OneSight Foundation, (a non-for-profit charity,) is calling on Australians to dig out their old pairs of glasses and recycle them through OPSM stores nationwide from 28th September - 8th November.

Donating a pair of old glasses may see like a small gesture, but the ability to change people's lives through this gift, should not be underestimated.

Today OneSight launched an appeal to collect 50,000 pairs of second hand glasses to help disadvantaged communities around the world. OneSight Foundation, (a non-for-profit charity,) is calling on Australians to dig out their old pairs of glasses and recycle them through OPSM stores nationwide from 28th September - 8th November.

By recycling pre-loved glasses at OPSM during the appeal, Australians can make a huge difference to the 250 million individuals worldwide who cannot see simply because they cannot access or cannot afford basic eye care.

Donated eyewear is cleaned, repaired and classified by prescription in stores, before being catalogued in a global computer system. The glasses are then hand-delivered to disadvantaged communities during OneSight clinics in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, India, Mexico and South Africa.

Each clinic runs for two weeks, where a team of volunteer optometrists, optical dispensers and other staff help approximately 20,000 to 25,000 people. Around 50,000 pairs of recycled glasses are required for each clinic to ensure there are enough glasses to find the right prescription for everyone.

Gina De George, OneSight Foundation Manager Asia Pacific, comments: "There are millions of people around the globe living with impaired vision, which we know causes a range of health and social issues. By supporting OneSight's appeal, Australians can make a positive difference to the lives of people in need."

In addition to these overseas missions, OneSight Foundation also runs Australian programs that benefit disadvantaged Australians with free eye exams and free new eyewear.

Since the Foundation was established 20 years ago, OneSight has helped over 7 million people. To continue to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people, OneSight Foundation needs up to 2 million pairs of recycled prescription glasses each year to meet the demand of overseas clinics.

Ms De George adds: "Donating a pair of old glasses may see like a small gesture, but the ability to change people's lives through this gift, should not be underestimated."

From 28th September to 8th November 2009, OneSight encourages all Australians to take their unwanted pairs of glasses into any of the 284 OPSM stores in Australia.

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