Fundraise Funky Glasses Are you part of a student society or RAG group? Are you looking to fundraise for a good cause? Why not join Funky Glasses? Funky Glasses is a chance for student groups to fundraise for Vision Aid Overseas, by hosting a club night. We’ll provide you with a box of reasonably ‘funky’ glasses for people to wear. Emma, a student at Edinburgh University, was the first to run a ‘Funky Glasses’ night. “It was extremely successful, and I had large amounts of positive feedback. It is great to be a part of a project that improves the quality of people’s lives and encourages better education. It would be great if other universities could help!” How to run a Funky Glasses night? Find a venue Many venues will host an event for free if they know it is for charity. Promote the event Use your social networks, social media, society websites, and traditional media, posters and student newspapers, to get as much attention as you can. Get the price right Make sure your tickets are affordable. £5 is a good price to go for, as this is the cost for us as a charity to provide an eye exam and a life changing pair of glasses. Get some help Recruit some volunteers to help sell tickets, setup on the night and spread the word. Chances are there’ll be some budding student DJs and bands that can help out for free on the night. Let us know To get your box of ‘funky’ glasses for the night we’ll need to know well ahead of time please. We would also like to know how you get along, so make sure you get in touch and share any photos at #FunkyGlassesForCharity. Emma's Funky Glasses Experience In 2017, I spent six weeks of my summer holidays volunteering in schools in Uganda, in the Kanungu District. I spent two of the six weeks working at Karuhinda Primary School teaching young students English and Math. This was an enjoyable experience and taught me a lot about education especially in underdeveloped countries. Whilst observing a classroom of 50 pupils one afternoon, I noticed a small boy, Ishmael, struggling as he desperately copied his friend’s work. When asked to stand up and read off the board, Ishmael panicked and stood in silence. As I tried to work out what was wrong, I let him try my glasses on, and with this, Ishmael’s vision improved, and he was able to continue his work. I recognised this was a significant issue as his quality of education was hindered due to this visual impairment. This moment in Uganda opened my eyes to the difficulties many children face whilst at school, something that I had previously taken for granted. Following this, I recognised that most people in Kanungu district did not have the privilege of eye care in any form. This inspired me to fundraise for the past two years at University in order to improve the lives of children such as Ishmael and his classmates. In order to fundraise, I went on to create my own club event which took place for one evening a year in March 2018 and 2019 called ‘Funky Glasses’, an evening of dancing and wearing your funkiest glasses. In the past two years I have raised over £2000 for Vision Aid Overseas with a simple evening of fun. I rented a club for free as some clubs offer the club for free if it is for a charity. I then sold £5-6 tickets which would go to Vision Aid Overseas which was affordable for students. I had volunteers to help set up and encouraged the freshers and other students to come down for one evening with their friends. It was extremely successful, and I had large amounts of positive feedback. It is great to be a part of a project that improves the quality of people’s lives and encourages better education. It would be great if other universities could help! Impact Did you know there are 12 million children worldwide who struggle to learn simply because they need glasses? Can you imagine being a student without being able to see what’s on the board or in your textbook? Sitotaw Tekeba is a 20-year-old student at Kola Diba Technological College in Ethiopia. Sitotaw struggled to learn as his eyesight had steadily declined over four years until he could only see things clearly when they were centimetres from his face. Sitotaw has never had a pair of spectacles. He sat as close as he could to the board but had to borrow notes from his friends to keep up. As a second year, Sitotaw wants to specialise in agriculture, to work as advisor for the government to help provide enough food for everyone. Without glasses this was becoming a distant dream. However, thanks to outreach work from our Ambagiorgis Clinic, Sitotaw was given an eye test and an affordable pair of glasses. Now he can see the board, read his textbooks and continue with his education and career plans. Without access to affordable eye care services, students like Sitotaw cannot access the glasses they desperately need to continue their education. You can help make all the difference by running your own Funky Glasses event.