Sikh Woman Cancels India Trip To Stay Back & Cook 1,000 Meals For Australia’s Bushfire Victims
As Australia is grappling with bushfires that have resulted in death ofmillions of animals while families are forced to flee homes. To help thedistressed victims, a Sikh woman cancelled her first trip to India in 10 yearstoo cook meals for them.
Sukhwinder Kaur, 35, from Melbourne, had scheduled a tripback to her home town to visit her sister who is in a coma after she suffered astroke.
However, she changed her mind and decided to stay in Australia to cookmore than 1,000 meals per day for families forced to flee homes after firesravaged East Gippsland.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Kaur has been camping at BairnsdaleOval since New Year’s Eve to help the community who she now regards as her’family’.
“I realised my first duty is towards the community here where I havelived 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 justcan’t go while my family is suffering.
“Initially, we had up to a hundred people coming to our food van but inthe last three-four days, there are many more people who have been evacuatedfrom their homes are coming to have a meal. So, these days, we are preparing upto a thousand meals every day,” she said.
The kitchen team comprises four people. Her room is located right next tothe kitchen where she sleeps.
Kaur has taken leave from job at Australia Post and has been camping at BairnsdaleOval since the night of 30th December where the authoritieshave created temporary relief shelters for the evacuees.
The deadly bushfires in Australia have burnt more than five millionhectares, devouring 1,400 homes and killing nearly half a billion animals.
“I wanted to go to India to see my elder sister who is in a coma aftershe had a stroke. But then this happened and I realised my first duty istowards the community here where I have lived for so long. If I had left thepeople here during such a difficult time, I don’t think I could call myself agood human being,” she said.
She feels she is incredibly lucky to be able to do what she does.