Did you know that your old glasses could have a new life anywhere in the world? Since 1974, Nan Stearman has been collecting eyewear for the Lions Club’s Recycle for Sight program so they can be recycled and sent to people in need around the world. Recognizing Nan’s efforts over the past 47 years to help others, she received the Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award from the Lions Medical Research Foundation.
âWhen I received the award, I was teary-eyed,â Nan said.
Nan began contributing to Lions Club charitable work when her husband Ted was a member, and long before they even allowed women to join. The Lions Club has allowed women to join since the 1980s, and Nan is a long-time member of the Brunswick-Mullumbimby Lions Club.
Nan said she collects over 1000 pairs of glasses a year and said it was a great way to get to know people in the community and all kinds of people showed up on her doorstep to donate glasses.
âMarge Storer, president of the Brunswick Heads Red Cross, has already shown up with over 100 pairs of glasses for her in her gopher,â Nan said with a smile.
âYou can donate glasses to the Red Cross at Brunswick Heads and St Vincent’s de Paul in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads,â Nan said.
Even though Nan has now retired from the eyewear collection, she still has an occasional eyewear bag at her home in Brunswick Heads.
‘I can still pass them on,’ she said with a smile.