Recently, an initiative has got us seeing the world with a bit more kindness- after 20 school taxi drivers were gifted new spectacles to ensure their driving vision is 20/20 immaculate- ensuring the safety of the young lives they commute.
Thanks to Vision Drive, the drivers have been gifted with something many people who have fantastic eyesight take for granted (my contact lenses and I glare curiously at all those with wonderful sight), namely clear vision.
Vision Drive takes on the initiative of testing the eyes or drivers and donating prescription specs to them if they need, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Alongside NGO the Momba Foundation, they work closely with helping people in struggling communities.
South African local founders Michelle Fisher and Shana Cohen, who also own Peers and Fisher Optometrists are hoping to extend the scope of their mission.
The Mamba Foundation was also responsible for sanitizing taxis during the heat of the pandemic, and they work closely with taxi bosses, as per Good Things Guy. Working with Mamba, Vision Drive was able to connect with the drivers, at no cost to them.
Additionally, every Thursday Michelle and Shana offer free eye tests in Johannesburg.
The duo were able to access facilities off the highways where the taxis are most present, and they note that 101 Optical had a huge role in said access. 101 Optical set up the test rooms for the screening, making the experience beautiful as Michelle expresses.
Hopefully, their initiative will extend to other parts of South Africa, as it is often the little big things, like a pair of spectacles, that offer a step in not only seeing the world, but seeing it with more kindness.