St. Mary's College Preparatory School has achieved spectacular results with its efforts to support an appeal for unwanted pairs of glasses to improve eyecare in Africa.
We co-ordinated the efforts of many participants and collected 3,510 pairs for Vision Aid Overseas – more than seven times the original target of 500.
A number of parishes supported St. Mary’s efforts for the Every Pair Counts Appeal including St. Peter and St. Paul Crosby, St. Edmund and St. Thomas of Canterbury, Our Lady of Victories, Bishop Eton and St. Mary’s Woolton.
Pupils from many primary schools also joined in alongside their older counterparts from St. Mary’s College, Archbishop Beck, Merchant Taylors and other secondary schools.
And there was also backing from staff in numerous workplaces including Sainsbury’s, Morecroft Solicitors, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Walton Centre.
Meanwhile, Specsavers in Crosby covered the courier cost of sending the numerous boxes of glasses to the charity’s West Sussex HQ.
Vision Aid Overseas works to transform eyecare services in Africa and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness.
The charity uses the money it makes from recycling the unwanted glasses to fund its work which has helped more than one million people over the past 30 years.
St. Mary’s College Preparatory School Headmaster, Jonathan Webster, commented: “Everyone at the school was delighted when the final count was done and we realised that there were more than 3,500 pairs in total.
“This has been an extraordinary appeal, capturing the imagination of pupils and parishioners in many parts of the city.
“We would like to send our heartfelt thanks all those who have been involved and contributed to this exceptionally worthy cause,” added Mr Webster.