A new outlook on unwanted glasses
WENDY Kratzmann knows first-hand the value of sight – not just to Australians, but people all over the world.
That is why the Hinkler Central OPSM manager and her team are taking part in donating glasses to people in desperate need of eyewear worldwide.
Mrs Kratzmann has heard of many touching stories of these donations changing their lives.
“A lady came into an overseas clinic in a wheelchair because of her poor eyesight. Once she received glasses she then walked out of the clinic,” she said.
The Bundaberg community has donated a huge 1111 pairs of pre-loved glasses – 33,000 glasses and sunglasses have been donated nationally via the OneSight Foundation.
“It’s very important for the Bundaberg community to know what they have donated is going to a good cause,” she said.
“Once all our clients and patients are aware of the glasses collection drive. All have been very willing to help.”
The OPSM team collects donations of glasses – they clean, repair and calculate the prescription before they are sent to the Sydney warehouse then overseas.
“People in third world countries have nothing and these glasses will go to people who really appreciate them,” Mrs Kratzmann said.
Mrs Kratzmann has been chosen to go to the South African Clinic in November 2010 to participate in hand delivering free recycled eyewear.