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Specs drive for Timor

Katrina Tehan and the Berrigan Lions Club are asking for community members to donate their reading glasses to the Timorese.

SOPHIE BURGE June 20, 2014 11:25am

Southern Riverina residents are being asked to rummage through their drawers and find old reading glasses to donate to the Timorese.

Katrina Tehan is working with the Berrigan Lions Club on the spectacles drive as part of her not-for-profit Friends of Luro Timor Leste Homestay and Trekking program.

Donated glasses can be left at the Berrigan Pharmacy and Berrigan Red Cross.

Katrina will then take the glasses to Timor Leste with her in August, where they will be donated to those who most need them.

She will be taking groups to Timor as part of her program form August 10 to 16 and August 17 and 23.

‘‘So far, we’ve got over 30 pairs of reading glasses, which is fantastic,’’ Katrina said.

‘‘We encourage everyone to donate, as it is for such a good cause.’’

Other Friends of Luro projects have included donating hundreds of unused wheelie bins for grain storage, designing and distributing home water filters to 1600 families and providing sewing machines and hundreds of metres of netting to make mosquito nets for beds.

Friends of Luro also fast tracks the Seeds of Life program into Luro to help increase food production and supports student scholarship to allow children to attend boarding schools.

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