Vintage glasses sale at Town Hall, Colchester, 23 March

Amongst the kind donations of glasses and sunglasses made to Focus on Malawi, we occasionally find some retro or vintage gems. Some of them are in demand from vintage enthusiasts and collectors and, if we can sell them, the proceeds can be used for training students in Malawi. This coming Saturday 23 March, in association with The Raven Trust, we’ll have a stall-full of these optical gems at Colchester’s famous Secret Vintage World event. It’s at the Town Hall, on the High Street, from 10:30 – 16:00.Vintage sunglasses

Next Goggle Works Friday 15 March 19:30

Goggle Works glasses illustrationOur next Goggle Works party will be on Friday 15 March, at 19:30, in Colchester. Join us to sort, wash, measure and pack second-hand glasses, ready to send off to our partners in Malawi.

Once in the clinics, they’ll be stored ready to dispense to patients. Providing second-hand glasses is important as new prescription glasses would be beyond the means of 90% of the population. Improving sight helps to enable education, work — and of course helps with the practicalities of living.

Everyone’s welcome, no previous experience necessary! Call 01206 622712 for more details.

Focus on Malawi update

Focus on MalawiWe’re so pleased to report that the medical students we’re sponsoring in Malawi can get now back to work following the re-opening of their colleges. They had been closed in October 2018 following disputes between staff and government.

Last week, back home here in Colchester, we desptached 17 boxes of glasses and medical equipment destined for Malawi, via our wonderful friends at The Bananabox Trust in Dundee.

And next Saturday, 2 February,  at Maldon in Essex, we are offering for sale some of the amazing vintage, retro, and designer glasses that turn up amongst the used glasses donated to us. The venue is the Maldon Flea Market, Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon, Essex. Open 08:30 – 15:00. All proceeds will go to medical training and the development of eyecare services in Malawi.

Finally, we’d like to mention again how grateful we are for all donors, friends and collaborators, who supply glasses, equipment, time and effort, and funds. They range from individuals, churches, hospitals, companies and other trusts. You are brilliant!