As part of Castleisland Tidy Town’s Sustainability Plan, the local pharmacies and opticians have agreed to host a box to collect unused spectacles.
These will be forwarded through the Lions Club to the Third World as part of their Recycle for Sight Campaign.
The World Health Organisation estimate that more than 150 million people have uncorrected refractive errors – near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism.
Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.
Still, millions of people in developing are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don’t have glasses.
Taking Part Are…
The pharmacies and opticians which are taking part in this initiative are: Crowley’s Pharmacy; Galvin’s Optometrists; Kennelly’s Pharmacy; Lynch’s Pharmacy and Shanahan’s Haven Pharmacy.
The second part of this initiative is the collection of old phones and ink cartridges. These can be handed into Castleisland Computers and Phones, Lower Main Street.
The phones will be sent to Crumlin’s Children’s hospital where they can send the phones for recycling and receive a small donation. The ink cartridges will be sent for recycling.
Switch off an Appliance
“We are asking everyone to switch off an electrical appliance every Tuesday between 7-8pm.
ESB Networks will gather the data showing the drop in electricity consumption compared to other evenings during the same time,” John Keane the newly elected chairman of Castleisland Tidy Towns.
“We can then convert the savings to carbon credits showing that we are doing our bit for the environment.
Switch Off and Get Out
“What would make this initiative better would be if as many people as possible came out and just did a little bit of a clean-up/painting etc. in their own area while they switch off the TV for an hour,” said Mr. Keane.
More information on the unused spectacles campaign is available at: http://www.lionsclubs.ie/spectacle-recycling
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