Two Specsavers stores recently collected 400 pairs of glasses for donation to a Cambodian village.

Specsavers Chartwell and Te Rapa assisted former team member Song Mederios, who used to work at the Chartwell store, with collecting frames to take to villagers who were in need of glasses, but who had no funds or access to visit an optometrist.

From his previous work at Specsavers, Song was aware that old and remake glasses were often sent to developing nations and he was inspired by a trip to the Cambodian countryside to become involved in the initiative himself.

He contacted old colleagues at Specsavers who were able to organise to collect glasses from customers so that his family could take them to the Cambodian village where his uncle lives. The teams also offered suggestions on how Song and his family could check if the prescription glasses were suitable for each person trying them on.

Upon arriving, Song and his family put the word out that if anyone needed glasses, they could come by his uncle’s home and go through the frames to see if any of the prescriptions helped improve their vision.

The trip was a great success, and both Specsavers Chartwell and Te Rapa have already collected more glasses for Song’s trip to Cambodia next year.