We love hearing about great companies using their success to make a difference in their community, their country, or just the world in general, so when we heard about a new movement from Hakim Optical, we thought we’d take a moment to share.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 285 million people around the world are estimated to be visually impaired with 90% of them living in low-income settings.
Hakim Optical, the leading Canadian independent optical retailer, announced recently that it will donate 100,000 pairs of frames, reading glasses and sunglasses to those in need. In conjunction with its golden jubilee year. The Canadian retailer is working in partnership with the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC), and has already donated over 50,000 pairs of new glasses to the organization.
“I have seen how Hakim Optical has transformed in the past 50 years and I know we wouldn’t be able to be here today if it wasn’t for the people. We want to give back to the people in need when possible,” said Karim Hakimi, Founder of Hakim Optical.
Hakim Optical will work with CLERC all year round to collect used eyewear of all types which will be recycled and distributed throughout the year to developing countries across Africa, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. With over 160 locations across the country accepting donations, Hakim Optical will be helping with CLERC’s mission to raise awareness and foster understanding among people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.
In addition to the 50,000 pairs of glasses, Hakim Optical also recently donated 30,000 pairs of eyewear to the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired. Mr. Hakimi was affected by the plight of the people of Belize when he visited that he wanted to help change and better the community.
Pretty great eh? and truely Canadain for sure. So if you want to donate, or learn more, visit www.hakimoptical.ca today!