Sikh volunteers are being lauded for providing food to people to those affected by bushfires in Australia.
Members of the organisation Sikh Volunteers Australia are currently working in the East Gippsland area of the country’s Victoria province.
At the forefront are restaurateur couple Kanwaljit Singh and Kamaljit Kaur. They experienced the effects of bushfires first hand in their Bairnsdale community, and extended a helping hand to those affected after that.
‘I am glad’
Singh told the Punjabi-language arm of Australian news channel SBS he was using his restaurant, Desi Grill Bairnsdale, to help get food to bushfire victims.
“People are severely affected and they need food and shelter. It’s our duty to serve them when they need us the most,” he said.
Explaining how he is helping Sikhs Volunteers Australia, he said: ““They needed a local venue to prepare the food. We have big cooking pans and gas facilities that come in handy to cook food for at least 250 people in one go.”
He added: “I am glad that our staff has also shown the commitment to dedicate themselves in the service of the community.”
Desi Grill Bairnsdale, meanwhile, is not serving free food to just the bushfire-affected. It is also feeding firefighters, a point it has made clear in a sign in front of the eatery.
Sikh volunteers spread cheer
Sikhs Volunteers Australia, meanwhile, is scaling up its relief efforts. It said on its official on Facebook page that its members have now reached the Orbost region with help.
“Thank you to St. James church for providing us their kitchen for making food for bushfire affected people in Orbost,” it wrote on the page.
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And their efforts are beginning to garner attention. Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews recently visited the group’s members in Bairnsdale.