How it all began - Weymouth 1982

Spec Trek is an Annual event organized by Petersfield Club.  The first Spectrek was in 1982.  Each year the Club collects over 100,000 pairs of unwanted spectacles from Lions Clubs all over the area.  These are then passed on to other Lions Clubs for sorting, grading and onwards transport to the third world.  Over the years nearly 2.5 million pairs of specs have been collected.  It's difficult to buy a pair of specs for less than £100 - you do the maths!


 Spectrek 2012, the 30th trek, raised 120000 pairs of Specs.  Once again thanks go to the Clubs of 105D for their help and hospitality.  And special thanks to  AVH Van Hire, WhiteRose (VW), A1 Security and Parkwood Arts, for their generous sponsorship of the event
Like many good ideas Spectrek started with a chat over a beer. In the early 1980's Petersfield Lions Club had collected several thousand pairs of spectacles as part of Lions on going sight campaigns. The problem was that the central storage point was in Weymouth in Dorset. In conversation someone said "Oh, throw them in a wheel barrow and we'll push them there!" (and then went off to get another round in). But that is, indeed, what we did. That first Spectrek, over four days, was largely on foot with a couple of wheel barrows and a van full of specs. The rest , as they say, is history.

Today, we need four Transit style vans and a couple of support vehicles to collect specs from around 50 Lions Clubs spread over Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. The Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands also contribute. These days we deliver our collection to our fellow Lions in Midhurst for onwards transport to Chichester Lions and France for dispatch to the Third World. In the Third World that unwanted pair of glasses can make the difference between supporting a family or starving. Our one day collection brings in over100 thousand pairs of specs per year. The numbers show no sign of diminishing and we are well on the way to our three millionth pair.

Petersfield Lions are very grateful for the support that they have received locally over the years from businesses who have supplied at little or indeed no charge the very necessary transport. Also, the event could not take place without the wholehearted and good humoured help and hospitality of the Lions of the region.

Spectrek is a hard day out. Handling 100000 pairs of specs two times and driving over two hundred miles is no picnic. But it is extremely rewarding and the proof of the pudding is that it is a Club activity where every Lion turns out if they are able.

The picture shows the Club receiving a pile of specs (in boxes) from another Club.






email : petersfield.lions@yahoo.co.uk  phone : 0345 833 5734

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Last Update : 14 July 2018

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