Sikhs hit the headlines for all the right reasons. Whenever there is a problem, the real heroes emerge as saviours for the victims. They have a community called ‘Sikh Community’, selflessly coming forward to help the people who are affected by cyclones, floods etc.
Then there is a Sikh Charity which provides food to hungry and homeless people. They are well known for their humanitarian work for refugees all over the world. They have also joined hands to support flood-hit victims.
With active Volunteers from the National Government Organisation, they set up a community kitchen in several parts of the world in order to provide food to the sufferers. They are intensely working to expand this selfless work.
Case in point, the whole world is expressing grief and sadness over the present situation of Australian bushfires which left us all in disbelief. Since September 2019, bushfires in the country have been spreading fast and the severe impact these deadly fires are having on people is totally unimaginable.
The devastating bushfires have burnt more than five million hectares, damaging 1,400 homes and killing nearly half a billion animals.
Sikh woman cancels India trip to cook 1000 meals to Australian Bushfire victims:
To help the distressed victims in the need of the hour, a Sikh woman cancelled her first trip to India in 10 years and stayed back only to cook meals for them.
Sukhwinder Kaur, 35, from Melbourne had scheduled a trip back to her home town in order to visit her sister who is in a coma after she suffered a stroke.
Nonetheless, she changed her mind and decided to stay in Australia to cook more than 1,000 meals per day for families who have been forced to flee homes after fires ravaged East Gippsland.
As per a report in Daily Mail, Kaur has been camping at Bairnsdale Oval since New Year’s Eve to give a hand to the community who she now treats them like her own ‘family’.
“I realised my first duty is towards the community here where I have lived for so long. If I had left the people here during such a difficult time, I don’t think I could call myself a good human being,” she told SBS Punjabi.
“This is my family too and I have a responsibility towards it. I just can’t go while my family is suffering.
“Initially, we had up to a hundred people coming to our food van but in the last three-four days, there are many more people who have been evacuated from their homes are coming to have a meal. So, these days, we are preparing up to a thousand meals every day,” she said.
The kitchen team consists of four people. Her room is right next to the kitchen where she sleeps.
“I wanted to go to India to see my elder sister who is in a coma after she had a stroke. But then this happened and I realised my first duty is towards the community here where I have lived for so long. If I had left the people here during such a difficult time, I don’t think I could call myself a good human being,” she said.
A recent study by BBC reveals that Sikhs are the most generous people in the world. The study goes on to prove that religion can make people much more generous in their day-to-day lives.
Research commissioned by the BBC came to know that people who claim to have a religious belief are significantly more likely to give to charity than non-believers.
It has been learnt that both Sikhs and Jews emerged as the most likely to share their ‘worldly goods with a noble cause’ who are cut above the rest of other religions in the world.
The study also carried out for the BBC’s network of local radio stations where it found that levels of generosity across the British public are increasingly high but highest among those with religious faith.