Donato De Santis – Community service with a heart
I felt it: The smile has many ways", Donato De Santis.
Name: Donato De Santis
Lives in: Santa Marinella (RM) / Italy
Group company: NOVOMATIC Italia
Position: General Accounting & Financial Statements
With NOVOMATIC since: 2008
Donato De Santis is part of the team at NOVOMATIC Italia in Rome where he works as a finance specialist for general accounting and financial statements for both the AWP segment and the VLT network of the Italian concessionary Admiral Gaming Network. He lives with his family on the Italian coast in northern Lazio, in a town called Santa Marinella, only a short distance from Rome. Shortly after moving there, he was introduced to the local diving club ‘Nucleo Sommozzatori’ by a friend – and soon joined them.
The Nucleo Sommozzatori are a voluntary organisation that is part of the Italian national civil protection. Its members work closely with local authorities to deal with any type of emergency, such as the prevention of critical issues, assistance both at sea and on land as well as various environmental protection activities. Their nickname ‘Oranges’ stems from the bright orange colour of the uniforms that they wear, these guarantee high visibility when out at sea.
Donato is a committed Orange and fully identifies with the spirit of volunteering for the local community: “My volunteering comes from a spirit of friendship, because I am convinced that after the verb ‘to love’, the verb ‘to help’ is the most beautiful that exists.” As an active member of the Nucleo Sommozzatori of Santa Marinella, he attended courses to obtain certificates in fire prevention, the BLSD (Basic Life Support – Defibrillation) certification and the license for the conduct of boating up to 12 miles from the coast. At the end of 2019, Donato was also very active in the clean-up efforts after the serious floods that devastated the coast of Lazio.
The most exciting experience in his voluntary activities was to bring children and young people with disabilities or Down Syndrome to the swimming-pool to help them to overcome their fear of open sea waters by learning to swim. He says: “My approach to them is very spontaneous, even if not expert, but with the aim of identifying all those circumstances that are required to allow them to experience well-being and fun in total safety.” How did he know, he had succeeded? “I felt it: The smile has many ways. This was an incredibly rewarding experience from which I learned a lot and that I will certainly repeat in the future.”