As one of the world's best known community organisations with the Recycle for Sight and Hearing Aid Recycling programmes as two of their most important initiatives, both of which Oakwood Funerals are happy to support.
For Recycle for Sight, eye glasses are collected, repaired and cleaned, and then sent to communities in the developing world where they are distributed to people who otherwise would have no access to them. A simple pair of eye glasses can literally have a life changing effect for the recipient.
Oakwood Funerals assists this programme through the placement and promotion of eye glasses collection boxes in our funeral homes and around our communities.
Any local residents who have hearing aids which they are no longer using – whether it’s because they’re out-dated, broken or no longer required for another reason – can donated these to both the Booragoon and Rockingham locations.
Even out-dated or broken hearing aids may be of value for their spare parts.
According to the World Health Organisation, more than 275 million people worldwide have moderate-to-profound hearing impairment, and 80% of them reside in low or middle-income countries. In children, untreated hearing impairment can delay the development of speech and language skills resulting in learning difficulties. For adults, it can lead to social isolation and unemployment.
In Australia, hearing aid users typically replace their aids with a newer model every 3-5 years as technology improves. If donated instead of discarded, these older hearing aids can be used to improve the lives of people who can’t afford or don’t currently have access to hearing aids.
More information about the Lions and their programmes are available on the official website