Mr Nikolay Romanov works as an Associate Director at the Essilor AMERA New Product Introduction Team. He started his early volunteering days in his home country, Russia. During his 1st EVF charity event with the intellectually disabled at the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), he was deeply moved by the work he experienced and the interactions with the beneficiaries and caregivers. After that event, he stepped up to be a volunteer leader for the project and had the opportunity to work with other local and international NGOs. Nikolay strongly believes that everyone should have a basic right to good vision.
Why do you volunteer?
I’ve always had a passion to help people around me and when the opportunity came to become a volunteer leader for EVF’s project for the Intellectually Disabled at MINDS, I immediately volunteered without hesitation.
What are three key learnings you have gained from the volunteering activities?
Even in developed countries like Singapore, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) have a lack of access to basic vision care services.
Our community needs to put in a great deal of effort to make it possible for people with ID to feel comfortable in society.
As I put my heart and soul into this project to help those in need, the most memorable part of this project was seeing a smile on the beneficiaries’ faces, realizing that our work brings a sense of comfort to them.
What is one thing you would like to say to others who are considering volunteering?
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and I’m glad that I took that first step to make a difference.”