Specs an eye-opener for workers

2015-10-27 06:00
Wesley Language, owner of Spec-Savers in Cavendish Square, with Junayad Prince, one of the 21 recipients of new eyewear at the Village Work Centre in Harfield.

Wesley Language, owner of Spec-Savers in Cavendish Square, with Junayad Prince, one of the 21 recipients of new eyewear at the Village Work Centre in Harfield.

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Employees of Village Work Centre in Harfield can now work with clear vision.

On Wednesday last week 21 of the 120 workers of the Centre received spectacles, for some their very first pair.

The Village Work Centre is a project of the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association (WCCPA), a non-profit organisation that provides care, support and employment opportunities to people with cerebral palsy.

Last week the excitement was palpable among the 21 workers and some couldn’t hold back tears of happiness, because they could now see properly for the first time.

Cherly Beaton, WCCPA spokesperson, says it was heart-warming to see them get glasses for the first time.

“It was quite an amazing experience to have their eyes really opened for the first time. We are really grateful,” she says.

Noticing that some of the workers at the Centre were struggling to see their work, Patti Graham, a spokesperson for Spec-Savers in Cape Town, alerted the franchise owner of Spec-Savers in Cavendish Square and requested that he provide eye screening for all the workers.

After screening over 120 workers franchise owner Wesley Language found that 21 of them needed spectacles. Since none of the workers were able to afford the spectacles Language offered to sponsor their eye testing and frames. He approached Hoya Optical Laboratory to sponsor the lenses.

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