Amid the economic uncertainty spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, McCann Optical is supplying packs of 50 frames for $50 to support struggling optical practices and their customers. Each box contains a range of female, male, unisex and kids’ frames.
Greg McCann, business owner, said the initiative seemed like the logical thing to do to help those in need. “I saw all those people in the Centrelink line and I thought, I’ve got all these frames sitting here, maybe they could go to those people who need a pair of glasses,” he said.
It’s the only thing I could think of to do to help people. It’s not a big deal but at least it can help a few people
Mr McCann hopes that by providing optical practices with frames, stores might then have the facility to offer them for free, or at a discounted price, to help their struggling customers. If the business itself is also under financial pressure, Mr McCann encourages them to do what they have to “to survive as well”.
“We don’t sell as many frames as we once did, so over the last two or three weeks we’ve just been making up packages of 50 frames, and practices are buying them for $50. It’s basically just to help out.”
Like many other businesses, McCann Optical is feeling the bite of the current economic climate. “I’ve got seven staff and they’re all pretty worried and I’m pretty worried. Our business is in a world of hurt,” he said.
The price of the boxes covers the wages of three employees in charge of packing and distribution. These employees live with a disability, and have been working for McCann Optical for the past nine months. “It’s rewarding for them to get a bit of work,” said Mr McCann.
So far, the small team have sent off approximately 2,500 frames.
“It’s the only thing I could think of to do to help people. It’s not a big deal but at least it can help a few people,” said Mr McCann.
Contact: McCann Optical (AUS) 1800 787 448.