Old Glasses for Overseas

With the support of local opticians, Rotary collects and distributes used glasses across the world.


Gryffe Valley Rotary Club assisted by local opticians - Frank Munro Optometrists of Kilmacolm and New Vision Optometrists of Bridge of Weir - has delivered 600 pairs of spectacles and handed these over to local eye surgeon Lennox Webb who arranges for these to be taken to eye-camps he and his colleagues organise in some of the world's poorest countries.  

 670 million people, or 10% of the worlds population, visually impaired because they cannot get glasses.  77% of such people can be helped with simple reading glasses, with the balance just needing prescription glasses. Providing glasses that we are finished with is an easy and yet tremendously efective way of helping people across the world.

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Review of the Year 2022- 23

Summary of the activities of Gryffe Valley Rotary during the year 2022-23 as presented at the handover of the Presidency from Mike Farley to Ian Jackson

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Electric Car on the move

Bridge of Weir Primary School Electric Car Project

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Climate Change series- eminent speakers from around the UK in the months leading up to and following the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021

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Young Writer - Gryffe Valley winners at District and National

Despite Covid the club has maintained its competitions and projects with local schools Hundreds have taken part and enjoyed some success at local, District and National levels!

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Long distance walking route - the length of the Gryffe Valley from the source of the river near Loch Thom to Linwood

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To encourage walking in the local environment, we are promoting local walking groups, publishing local walking routes and creating the Gryffe Valley Way, a walking route the length of the River Gryffe.

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The club has now raised (and spent) more than £278,000 over the twenty-six years since its formation in 1995.

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To support disabled sailing for wheelchair users at Castle Semple Loch Gryffe Valley Rotary purchased a special powered Wheelyboat to enabled those in wheelchairs to get out onto the water.

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Getting ready for the Climbzone!

The club organises outings for groups of Renfrewshire Young Carers, with activities followed by a meal and drink. Some years we visited Xscape at Braehead, more recently it has been The Experience at Hillington for the electric go-karts.

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With the support of local opticians, Rotary collects and distributes used glasses across the world.

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