On Thursday 16 June 2016, twelve employees from Boots Opticians embarked on a once in a life time experience to Tanzania to climb the great Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the 1 in 10 people in Africa who can’t see properly because they need spectacles.
The event was pioneered by Boots Opticians senior development manager, Oliver Warner in 2015 to raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas’ 30th Anniversary. Oliver said “It feels like it has been a long time in the making, but it most definitely felt worth-while arriving at the summit with the sun coming up and the whole team reaching the peak together”.
Another climber, added “The whole experience was absolutely incredible; I loved every single minute of it and didn’t want to come home. Tanzania is so beautiful and the people were so friendly and welcoming. Knowing we’ve raised so much money is really rewarding too – I know the money will make a huge difference to so many people living with vision problems in Africa.”
So far the team have raised an incredible £39,000 with the total still rising as sponsorship money continues to be sent in.
The funds raised by Boots Opticians will help Vision Aid Overseas to continue to help more children like Adams from Zambia who, until he was prescribed spectacles, could not see the blackboard properly and was falling behind at school and adults like tailor Philippe from Burkina Faso whose brand new spectacles meant he could once again see properly to do his work and support his family.’