Ms Ong Wee Sing works as a Consumer Research Analyst at the Essilor Centre for Innovation & Technologies AMERA​. Despite her busy schedule, she always makes time to put her optometry skills to good use by volunteering with EVF or with other non-profit organisations. She has participated in several overseas and local missions, with the recent mission benefiting more than 1000 villagers in Bago, Myanmar where she played the role of volunteer optometrist. Wee Sing strongly believes in using her expertise for the benefit of others.

Why do you volunteer? 
As an optometrist, If I could use my expertise for the betterment of eye care wherever, why not?

What are three key learnings you have gained from the volunteering activities?  
Deteriorating vision is not life threatening, but necessary in improving lives especially when one’s livelihood is concerned. For instance, a man came in to the screening site at one of the volunteering missions, accompanied by someone else, but could eventually walk out on his own because he could finally see with the glasses we provided him.

Poor vision is widely accepted as “no cure” in these developing countries; that they should accept it as part of their lives when many a times a pair of prescription glasses can make a huge difference.

Sustainability of such activities is important – we can’t always be there to help, however we could train local volunteers in reaching out to more people in need.

What is one thing you would like to say to others who are considering volunteering?

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”  – Ronald Reagan 

 

MEET OUR BENEFICIARIES & VOLUNTEERS

Peter Hua

EVF Ambassador

“Besides connecting with positive and proactive co-workers, we gained a sense of purpose as a team. In turn, I personally appreciated people’s differences while building empathy and social awareness in the process."

Ban
Trey Eng

Beneficiary, Retired Dressmaker, 72

“Can you see my pretty eyes now? With this pair of glasses, I’m able to see all my lovely grandchildren!”

Juliana Chua

EVF Ambassador

“Influence positively, inspire and retain great volunteers. Recruiting volunteers is only a start. Keeping the team motivated and inspired is the real difference."

Sunil Bhangale

EVF Ambassador

"Helping provide good vision to the underprivileged certainly boosts their confidence in managing their routine activities and brings smiles to their faces."

Weng San

Beneficiary, Driver, 58

“I’m just so happy to see my family members smile today with their new pair of glasses!”

Moe Hwet

Beneficiary, Field Worker, 65

“With these new pair of glasses, now I can see how beautiful the world truly is!”

Bao
Tram

Beneficiary, Student, 15

“When I got blurred vision, I always wished I had a pair of eyeglasses – they are like a friend of mine which I use everyday.”

Bao Tram

Wee Sing
Ong

EVF Volunteer Lead Optometrist

“This showed me the need for such outreach projects as people often don’t have access to the services we offered them.”

Wee Sing Ong