Rotary club member ‘lens’ a hand to overseas charity

Ruth Farthing of Danetre Rotary Club.
Ruth Farthing of Danetre Rotary Club.
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A member of Danetre Rotary Club is collecting around 1,000 pairs of glasses every month in support of children in Africa.

Ruth Farthing collects unwanted spectacles that have been returned to opticians in Daventry and then sorts, packs and dispatches them to the Vision Aid Overseas charity, which helps children of Africa who need glasses to get the education they need.

Her work has now been acknowledged by Vision Aid Overseas. The charity’s development director, Jeremy Jalie, said: “Vision Aid Overseas provides life transforming programmes in seven countries in Africa. Last year we helped 48,459 patients to see by providing eye examinations and spectacles, but we could not do any of this without the support of individuals [like Ruth] who give us their support.” Vision Aid Overseas also recycles metals from donated glasses to raise vital funds that account for around one fifth of its total income.

Danetre Rotary Club said: “Vision Aid is enabling the children of Africa get the education they deserve so they can contribute to their society. If you have any unwanted spectacles, please recycle them to any Daventry optician.” For more detail see