Aspengrove School students Sean Krawchuk, left, and Jack Smart are looking for community donations of used eyeglasses for the Third World Eye Care Society, a charity helping to distribute glasses to people in developing countries. TAMARA CUNNINGHAM/News Bulletin

Nanaimo students seek used eyeglasses for charity

Third World Eye Care Society gives eyeglasses, exams to people in developing countries

Two Nanaimo students have their sights set on giving old eyeglasses a new purpose.

Aspengrove School students Jack Smart and Sean Krawchuk are collecting old, used eyeglasses for the Third World Eye Care Society, a charity that brings eye exams and glasses to people in developing countries.

The effort was sparked by Grade 12 students last spring as part of an international baccalaureate program.

They’ve collected 75 pairs of glasses so far with help from local optometrists and ophthalmologists and are now reaching out for donations from the broader community.

“It’s great because these glasses are just things that lie around the house, in an old drawer somewhere, that’s pretty much useless to us but the impact they have on the people that they’re going to is pretty profound. Sight is so important,” said Smart.

Krawchuk likes how the charity, also known as TWECS, is helping people in the community and people in the third world who don’t have the opportunity or resources to buy glasses themselves, and he called the experience of collecting glasses an “eye opener.” He didn’t know there was something like this until researching it, he said.

TWECS, based on the Lower Mainland, sends teams to developing countries where it provides basic eye care and recycled eye glasses, according to the charity’s website, which says that with support from volunteers, the optical industry and groups like Lions Club International it’s provided restored vision to more than 80,000 underprivileged people in the third world. Its warehouse for eyeglasses is at the Burnaby-Lougheed Lions Club, where Smart and Krawchuk hope to volunteer this year.

The students will be at Rutherford McDonald’s on Monday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-noon to collect eyeglasses and share information about TWECS. The students are looking for complete sets of frames and lenses that are not badly scratched or broken. They are not collecting progressive lenses, bifocal lenses or cases.

An eyeglass collection box will remain at McDonald’s on Rutherford Road. There are also boxes at Real Canadian Superstore’s optical department and at Dr. Rob Piemontesi Ophthalmology at 1651 Boundary Ave.



news@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Supportive housing in Nanaimo isn’t a victory for homeless people, say advocates

Alliance Against Displacement criticizes how shutdown of Discontent City was handled

Former Nanaimo hospice executive director faces theft charges in the Okanagan

Susan Steen accused of stealing $109,000 from Central Okanagan Hospice Assocation

Mental health issue suspected after spike belts end car chase in Lantzville

Woman in her 30s from the Nanaimo area detained after Tuesday afternoon incident

Boy with terminal disease gets his wish – a trip to Disneyland – but family still looking for support

Kaleb Francis, 4, was diagnosed last month with X-linked myotubular myopathy

Nanaimo city council will reconsider waterfront walkway plan

Project included in financial plan but councillors want to examine scope and timelines

Dover Bay Secondary School staging a production of the musical ‘Oliver!’

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation

Customers at new Quality Foods finding spare change for Coins for Kids

Charity getting a boost from new bigger, busier Harewood location

Chamber wants to know about Nanaimo’s best Christmas light displays

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, News Bulletin partner on Spirit of Christmas Light Up

Crime in Nanaimo leads to ‘explosion’ of interest in Block Watch

Nanaimo and Lantzville area now has more than 100 chapters

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Nanaimo’s Discontent City being bulldozed

City crews on scene cleaning up, no access to the site allowed

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Most Read