Recycle for Sight
Collecting Used Glasses
Some of the Girl Guides in Ballarat have been working on the Eye create-a-badge syllabus. As a challenge, they have taken on the task of helping with the ‘Lions Recycle for Sight’ project. This is a service project run by Lions Clubs in Australia (and internationally) to collect glasses to donate to those in need in third world countries.
Service Challenge – 2018 Glasses
Our Guides are always encouraged to help others. Depending on age, the level of service ranges from helping out to organising service projects, and anywhere in between. This current project allows all of our Guides to help and to assist thousands of people who will really benefit.
The challenge is to collect 2018 pairs of glasses between now and the end of the 2018 year.
The girls have spent time making special collection boxes to take to their schools. We have also distributed boxes to businesses and organisations keen to help out by being a drop-off point for the public.
Kaitlyn is one of our older Guides and will manage the project. Her role is to collate the donated glasses, maintain collection details and keep track of the tally. She will also organise a team to help local Lions Club members sort and package the glasses to be posted to the collection depot.
The Guides are looking forward to this project and seeing how close they can get to collecting 2018 pairs of glasses.
Drop off Locations
As well as local schools, the following venues have a special box for the donation of glasses.
- Brown Hill Post Office & General Store
- Ballarat Regional Industries - Sebastopol
- Buninyong Lions Club Book Store
- C.E. Bartlett
- Haddon General Store
- Napoleons General Store
- Redboot Cafe
- Sebastopol Senior Citizens
- Peach's Fruit Market
- Sebastopol CFA
- Studio Arc Dance School
Contact us if your business would like to be added as a drop-off point for this project.
Lions Recycle for Sight
Australian Lions Clubs have donated over 7 million pairs of spectacles, sunglasses, frames and lenses to third world countries. The Recycle for Sight project began in 1998 and is run by volunteers. They clean, sort and labels 450,000 pairs of used spectacles each year.
The glasses are used to help children to see the blackboard so get an education. And adults are better able to work to support their families.