News of the Knights of St Columba, Liverpool Province

Ormskirk knights support Vision Aid Overseas appeal

Ormskirk members of the KSC have had their focus on old pairs of spectacles this summer – for a very good cause.

The knights from St Anne’s Church have been collecting used glasses to support an important joint initiative between Specsavers opticians and Vision Aid Overseas, a charity specialising in providing eye care for people in poverty-stricken countries around the world.

Jim Holland, a longstanding member of Ormskirk council and parishioner at St Anne’s, had the idea of a collection box for fellow parishioners to leave their old pairs of glasses. He explained: "If you wear glasses like me, you are bound to have old pairs around the house, so why not put them to good use?"

One box containing dozens of pairs donated by parishioners has already been passed to Specsavers as part of their Vision Aid Overseas appeal, 'Giving sight to Africa'. The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity work of Vision Aid Overseas. Since its inception in 1987, the UK-based charity has helped more than one million people in the developing world.

Our photo (top right) shows Tony Gill, Mark Condon, Jim Holland, Matthew Wright and Don McGair, who are all KSC members in Ormskirk. For more information on Vision Aid Overseas visit: 
• Liverpool knights from several councils took part in the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes where they worked with the sick and infirm pilgrims, and they are pictured (second right) with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

• The KSC is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity with more than 4,000 members in over 300 councils across England, Scotland and Wales. The Ormskirk council was founded in 1923 by Squire Francis Nicholas Blundell. For more information on Ormskirk KSC contact Matthew Wright on 01695 570602 or email