Sikh volunteers who are providing free food for bushfire victims in Victoria have been hailed as “legends”.
Members of the Melbourne-based Sikh Volunteers Australia have crisscrossed the fire-affected regions throughout the week, serving hundreds of people.
The times are certainly difficult for the people of Australia, but it is also times like this where neighbors are able to come together and help each other through the struggle. In one example, Sikh volunteers gathered to offer free food for bushfire victims in Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews tweeted “there’s a saying that in a crisis, we should look for the helpers”.
“These legends from Sikh Volunteers Australia drove up to Bairnsdale from Melbourne on Monday – and they’ve been serving free, hot meals ever since.”
There’s a saying that in a crisis, we should look for the helpers.
These legends from Sikh Volunteers Australia drove up to Bairnsdale from Melbourne on Monday – and they’ve been serving free, hot meals ever since.
People helping people. That's what Victoria is all about. pic.twitter.com/lg9sFW3ElE
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) January 2, 2020
SBS News talked to members of the group as they were giving out free meals at an evacuation centre in Bairnsdale.
A truly selfless gesture by our Sikh Volunteers Australia over in #Bairnsdale supporting those affected by the #Victoriabushfires with free food and offering a shoulder where needed. You guys and girls are amazing! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/XCmjlm9lvV
— The Bulldog (@BulldogCentral) January 2, 2020
The group usually provides food twice a week for those in need around Melbourne.
But member Jafwinder Singh said this “disaster” was too big to ignore.
“We decided to come here and serve the people as much as we can,” he said.
“We have a database of more than 100 volunteers” and a number were “very willing to come down”.