Leek Lions Take Part In International Annual World Sight Day

Pictured above are Leek Lions Alan Robinson, Les Critchlow, Maggie Leason, Barb Oliver, John Leason and John Demaid-Jones with Andy Hyde at Specsavers Leek raising awareness of the National Eye Awareness Week and The Lions Eye Health Programme

Leek Lions have taken part in the Worldwide Commemorate Lions Clubs International Annual World Sight Day.

For the past 30 years Lions have been in the forefront of supporting visually impaired adults and children worldwide in order to preserve the precious gift of sight.

The Lions Eye Health Programme is dedicated to eradicating avoidable blindness; Cataract operations, providing spectacles, treating River Blindness are ongoing projects provided free of charge. Lions sight initiatives support millions of people funding eye clinics and vital operations and involvement with local Talking Newspapers and recycling spectacles.

A spokeswoman for Leek Lions, said: “Thanks to the generosity of the residents in Leek and the surrounding areas we have been able to send thousands of used spectacles to Chichester Lions Club for grading. Suitable corrective lenses and usable glasses are despatched to Africa and Asia where they are much needed.

“Specsavers Leek have supported us for many years, in 2018 we joined forces with their staff to raise awareness locally of the National Eye Awareness Week and the Lions Eye Health Programme.

“Sunday, October 24 was UN DAY and the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary. Lions continue to support United Nations goals by uniting in friendship and service to sow seeds of peace at home and around the world. However, during these uncertain times we like other organisations have to abide by the Covid 19 guidelines.

“We are normally busy bees at this time of year preparing for Christmas – this year we are at a loose end as 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, we hope 2021 will be easier. Take care everyone and stay safe.”