Where many volunteers are stepping ahead for their help in any manner , a kindhearted female came forward cancelling her trip just to cook meal for the Australia bush fire victims.
Sukhwinder Kaur, 35, from Melbourne, had scheduled a trip back to her home town to visit her sister who is in a coma after she suffered a stroke.
However, she changed her mind and decided to stay in Australia to cook more than 1,000 meals per day for families forced to flee homes after fires ravaged East Gippsland.
According to a report in Daily Mail, Kaur has been camping at Bairnsdale Oval since New Year’s Eve to help the community who she now regards as her ‘family’.
She starts her day at dawn and ends at 11pm
“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 comprises four people. Her room is located right next to the kitchen where she sleeps.
Kaur has taken leave from job at Australia Post and has been camping at Bairnsdale Oval since the night of 30th December where the authorities have created temporary relief shelters for the evacuees.
The deadly bushfires in Australia have burnt more than five million hectares, 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 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.
It’s the best feeling for her in the world for her!!