SBS Radio App

Download the FREE SBS Radio App for a better listening experience

Advertisement
  • Sukhwinder Kaur received the Local Hero Award and a cheque of 10,000$ at a function held at Melbourne on 17 August. (SBS)
Sukhwinder Kaur from the Sikh Volunteers Australia is proud and happy to be announced as a Westfield Local Hero in Melbourne’s southeast.
English
By
15 Aug 2018 - 12:50 PM  UPDATED 17 Aug 2018 - 2:19 PM

Sukhwinder Kaur spends between 16 to 20 hours a week cooking meals for the hungry and the homeless.

This has been her tireless routine for more than seven years as a member of Sikh Volunteers Australia, a charity organisation active in Melbourne’s southeast.

She will be presented the Westfield Local Hero award this Friday for her service to the community.

Sukhwinder told SBS Punjabi that she helps in cooking vegetarian meals that are distributed by the charity’s food van feeding up to 200 needy people a week.

“I am glad that our organisation’s work has been acknowledged. It’s been a very proud and happy moment for everyone involved in this volunteer work," she said. 

“I am very thankful to our local community who voted to help me get this award.” 

The Sikh Volunteers say they will use $10,000 award money to fund their charity work in accordance with their Sikh faith in Melbourne’s southeast. 

The ever-smiling Sukhwinder is an effective recruiter and role-model for the charity and has inspired more than 30 other Sikh women to become volunteers.

She told SBS that the inspiration to do "better and better" comes from Sikh principles and other members of the group.

"People in need often share their life stories with the Sikh volunteers. I remember one severely physically disabled man who came to collect containers of food to take home,” she says.

“One day he broke down and shared that he can't do much for his family but take food for them. These types of stories give us strength and motivation to do more.”

Sukhwinder also spends her time teaching children the Punjabi language, heritage, and music.

“We are in process of establishing a community kitchen and a school in Cranbourne. We also aim to encourage students to be community-minded and to speak up against bullying,” she said. 

Westfield Local Heroes were nominated and voted for by their communities and a grant of $10,000 is awarded to support their affiliated organisation’s work, programs or activities, reads a statement released by The Westfield.

“We congratulate every one of our nominees and finalists, and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community.”

 A $10,000 grant is awarded to the affiliated organisation of each of the three Westfield Local Heroes nominated and voted for by the Fountain Gate community.

Follow SBS Punjabi on Facebook and Twitter.

Also Read
Punjabi community donates $17,000 to Royal Children Hospital
A celebration of Punjabi culture, the New Zealand Australia Punjabi Cultural Association’s annual dinner event has also become a way to give back to the local community.
Jaswant Zafar’s 'Mool Mantar' painting raises funds and spirits
‘Jaswant Zafar Meet and Greet’ event in Sydney has raised over $14,000 to help a former attorney who was struck by a chronic illness a few years back.
Griffith Sikh Sangat receives $11,000 donation for free food service
Sydney-based Jaspal Singh Dhaliwal has donated $11,000 to Griffith Sikh Sangat to purchase an automatic roti/chapatti (bread) making machine to help serve langar (free food) at a continuous faster pace at the annual Shaheedi tournament.
Sikh volunteers take hot food to homeless in Melbourne
The self-funded group sources money for the project from the regular donations made by the volunteers who also help in cooking the food.
Tejinder Singh’s journey to the Australian of the Year Awards
Tejinder Pal Singh’s tireless generosity has earned him big respect in Australia. He prepares and funds over 80kg of food each month to help those who need it most.