Punjabi cabbie to get Australian of the Year series award for serving free food
The Good Samaritan has been running a free-food van on last Sunday every month to feed poor in Darwin citypunjab Updated: Nov 04, 2016 22:26 IST
A Punjabi taxi driver running a free-food van will receive the Northern Territory Local Hero 2017 award as part of the Australian of the Year awards at a function in Canberra on January 25.
For the past four years, Tejinder Pal Singh has been dedicating the last Sunday of each month to feed poor and needy locals of Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, after completing his 12-hour shift of driving a taxi, reported an Australian news agency.
He prepares 80 kilograms of vegetarian curry and rice in his kitchen, and then serves it as free lunch. The feast is funded entirely from his pocket and his van bears the sign ‘free Indian food for hungry and needy people’.
Like many other turbaned Sikhs living abroad, Tejinder too had been a victim of racist abuse. But he chose not to be demoralised by it. Taking inspiration from him, three other groups have also taken up the free-food service, reported the news agency.
“One more step to making awareness about Sikhism and share thoughts. Thanks to teachers and future of my beautiful Australia (sic),” said Tejinder Pal Singh in a social media post.
Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner, while recognising the recipients, said, “Our recipients hail from vastly different backgrounds, yet they all have one thing in common – an overwhelming desire to help others.”