ON Lions World Sight Day last week (Thursday 12 October), the Lord Mayor of Liverpool walked blindfolded from Liverpool Town Hall to Specsavers on Lord Street to raise awareness of sight loss.
The awareness raising event was one of numerous across the world organised by Lions clubs. The Liverpool Lions aim to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye tests and early detection of sight loss.
The Lions are a global community of people who believe that kindness matters, and strive to change the world, one community at a time.
The Liverpool-based network of Lions are well-known in the city for their positive work within communities and groups of people who need support.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Malcolm Kennedy was accompanied by President of Liverpool Lions Club, Ian Francis, who guided him as he walked through the city centre blindfolded.
The Lord Mayor shared his experience when he reached the store and also took a sight test to help raise more awareness of the importance of regular sight tests.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Malcolm Kennedy said: “I am a big supporter of all of the great work the Liverpool Lions do for the local community, so it’s an honour to take part in this awareness building event with them on Lions World Sight Day and put myself in the shoes of someone with a visual impairment”.
Lions’ president Ian Francis said: “Sight loss affects many people all over the world and problems with vision can often be a sign of a more serious health condition, which is why it’s so important people have their sight tested regularly. We are delighted the Lord Mayor is supporting us in building awareness of sight loss and the importance of regular check-ups.”
Specsavers Liverpool Lord Street collects used glasses from its customers and passes them to the Lions who ensure they are donated to those who need them in developing countries, improving lives in the process.
Ian Francis said: “A pair of glasses to someone who needs them in a developing country can be significant, improving chances of employment and education.”
In the last year, the Lord Street branch has collated 6,000 glasses for the Lions which have been donated to those who need them as a result of this partnership.
Steve Bryan from Specsavers Liverpool Lord Street says: “We’ve been encouraging our customers to donate their used specs to the Lions via our in-store collection tub for a while now – it’s incredibly rewarding for all to know that the glasses we donate makes such a significant difference to the lives of so many.”