Owners of an Indian restaurant have given out free rice and curry meals to victims of bushfires in Gippsland, Victoria.
Kamaljit Kaur and her husband Kanwaljit Singh own the Desi Grill in eastern Victoria where apocalyptic bushfires destroyed hundreds of homes.
The couple and their staff have been preparing rice and curry dishes which are being handed out by Melbourne charity Sikh Volunteers Australia to people staying in temporary shelter.
In an interview with SBS Punjabi, Mr. Singh, who has lived in Victoria for six years, said: “It’s terrible out there. People are severely affected and they need food and shelter. It’s our duty to serve them when they need us the most.
“We follow the Sikh way of life. We are just doing what other Australians are doing today, and that is to serve and pray for the people who have been hit hard by these terrible bushfires.”
Mr. Singh, whose team prepared 500 meals on New Year’s Eve, added: “We have the capacity to cook for up to 1,000 people in a day. But it all depends on how much is needed in the field.
“We have stock of rice, flour and lentils which we think should be sufficient for the next week or so.”
One internet user commented: “These fires are awful, but they have really shown how kind people in this country can be. Proud to call Australia home.”
Another wrote: “How lovely. A wonderful act of kindness.”
A third added: “What a generous couple.”
Black Hawk helicopters are helping people leave the Mallacoota beach.
CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said to ABC News: “Our focus today is we’ve got 4000 people in and around the beach there at Mallacoota and we’re working with the (Australian Defence Force) and all the authorities, Victoria Police, SES, all the agencies are working together and our primary effort is to get those people out of Mallacoota.”
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