Australian Sikhs supporting relief works amidst bush-fires

The unusual scale of Australian bush-fire raging among parts of the country for months has shown generous gesture from the Sikh community living in the country.

With several other organisations and individuals are volunteering in the support efforts by providing free meals, medical support and groceries to the victims, firefighters and other relief workers. 

Out of the collective efforts done by the organisations sending teams of volunteers out to the fire-affected areas to distribute household essentials to people, free meals and medical support is being provided to homeless by Gurudwaras and multi-cuisine restaurants.

The state of New South Wales and Victoria have witnessed significant contributions made by the community at the hour of dire need.

Sukhwinder Kaur, one of the volunteers, has cancelled her first trip back to India in ten years so as to prepare meals for the victims distressed of conditions. She starts working at dawn and cooks until 11 at night for the families who were forced to elope their homes in East Gippsland.

 Kaur told Australia's Special Broadcasting Services, "I wanted to go to India to see my elder sister who is in a coma after she had a stroke. But on seeing the disaster here, I realised my prior duty is to serve my  community here as I have been living here for so long, If I had left the people here during the difficult times, I don't think I could myself a good human being."

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"This is my family too and I have a responsibility towards it. I just can't go while my family is suffering behind," she added.

35 year old, Kaur, has taken leave from her work at Australia Post and has been camping at Brainsdale Oval since the New Yera's eve. She volunteers for Melbourne's non-profit-making organisation, Sikh Volunteers Australia. 

Several Sikh organisations, encompassing Australian Sikh Support, Australian Silkh Volunteers, United Sikhs, Khalsa Shaouni Plumpton, Turbans4 Australia, along with others are contributing in relief programs by providing milk, cereals, biscuits, water, as well as medical supplies like masks, eye drops and sanitary pads to relief centres so as to help the victims of fire-stricken communities.

Manpreet Singh Sapra, a member of the Australian Sikh Support said, "It is a matter of great privilege and honour for us to serve our great nation. We follow the true Aussie spirit of help and mateship. May God bless Australia and its people."

The communities efforts have recently been appreciated by former Indian Cricketer, Yuvraj Singh describing them as a "hope for humanity."

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