Bushfires have destroyed a major part of Australia. More than 500 million animals have succumbed to these fires and thousands of people have lost their homes. As a response to this unfortunate occurrence, people from all over the world have contributed to various cathartic proceedings for the victims. One such god sent saviour is Sukhwinder Kaur, a Sikh woman who cooks 1000 meals a day for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sukhwinder Kaur cooks more than 1000 meals for victims of Australia’s bushfires
  • Kaur cancelled an upcoming trip back home which was scheduled so that she could visit her sister who is in a coma after a stroke
  • After obtaining leave from her job at Australia Post and cancelling her plans to visit her sister, she relocated to the relief base for evacuees.
  • Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria, personally thanked Kaur and the Sikh community for their contributions

Kaur’s contributions

Kaur cancelled an upcoming trip back home which was scheduled so that she could visit her sister who is in a coma after a stroke. She decided to stay in Australia and cook about 1000 meals for families who had to run for their lives after the fired destroyed their homes in East Gippsland.

Furthermore, she relocated to Bairnsdale Oval to help the community since New Year’s. She is determined to serve people who she says are like her family and works from wee hours till 11 pm.

“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.” Kaur, 35, told SBS Punjabi.

Kaur’s food van and the help it provides

Kaur set up a food van and had 100 visitors initially. But as the fires spread, more and more victims who have had to find their homes, approached her van. Thereafter, she has been making food for more than 1000 people. The kitchen is run by four people and Kaur sleeps in a room next to it, all ready to get to work in a blink of an eye.

After obtaining leave from her job at Australia Post and cancelling her plans to visit her sister, she relocated to the relief base for evacuees.

The Sikh community’s efforts addressed by Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria, personally thanked Kaur and the Sikh community for their contributions. Moreover, he mentioned via a tweet how a person helping each other is the culture of Victoria.

Kaur further expressed that she was grateful she to get this opportunity to serve the community. She appreciated the fact that no food was wasted in the relief process.

After obtaining leave from her job at Australia Post and cancelling her plans to visit her sister, she relocated to the relief base for evacuees.

Conditions in Australia are worsening day by day as there has been fire in every state. The blazes have hit New South Wales the most. Also, in December, the fire caused the air quality of Sydney to be 11 times worse than hazardous levels. Experts say that climate change worsens situations like this and clearly it is literally fanning the fire.

Also read- Climate conferences are male, pale and stale: It’s time to bring in women

Vipashyana Dubey is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

Get the best of SheThePeople delivered to your inbox - subscribe to Our Power Breakfast Newsletter. Follow us on Twitter , Instagram , Facebook and on YouTube, and stay in the know of women who are standing up, speaking out, and leading change.