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Sheffield’s own “Bono” supports new vision campaign

Sheffield’s very own Bono lookalike has teamed up with a leading local independent optician to promote the U2 singers latest international charity project.

Bird Opticians, based on Surrey Street in the city centre, is supporting the ‘Buy Vision Give Sight’ campaign, which sees $10, or just under £7, from every pair of leading sunglasses brand Revo donated to help eradicate preventable blindness in under-developed countries.

Bono lookalike Anthony Jonson, from Arbourthorne, is now helping Bird Opticians to raise awareness of the campaign, which has been launched by Bono in partnership with Revo and the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

From the donations made through each pair of Revo sunglasses sold, the charity can provide a sight test to someone in the developing world and corrective glasses in an aim to prevent vision impairment and blindness in more than 50 million children and adults by 2020.

Anthony, who has been a lifetime U2 fan, said: “Once again Bono has proved what an amazing character he is championing this often overlooked cause. If I can help raise awareness in my capacity as a lookalike then I’m only too happy to be part of this tremendous movement.”

Family run Bird Opticians, which was founded in Sheffield in 1983, is Revo’s premium stockist in Sheffield.

The company stocks the Revo “Vision Over Visibility” collection, which was designed by Bono in collaboration with the brand. Revo sunglasses are made with ground-breaking technology, including NASA tuned UV500 lenses that help protect against age related macular degeneration.

Suzanne Lynch, store manager at Bird Opticians, said: “We are hugely excited to be stocking the Revo brand from our great supplier Menrad. Not only are the frames and lenses of market leading quality but also we are helping fund a tremendous charitable effort from Revo, Bono and the Brien Holden Institute with every pair sold.

“We at Bird Opticians are all proud and happy to be part of this campaign to help others less fortunate than ourselves.”

Sheffield’s own Bono, Anthony Jonson, with Suzanne Lynch, store manager at Bird Opticians

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