Sikh cabbie named 'Australian of the Day' for feeding homeless

  • PTI, Melbourne
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 23:58 IST
Tejinder Pal Singh was honoured with the title of 'Australian of the day' for his service to the community. (HT Photo)

An Indian-origin Sikh migrant driver in Australia has been named 'Australian of the Day' for feeding the homeless in Darwin for the past three years. Tejinder Pal Singh has dedicated the last Sunday of the month to feed the poor and homeless locals of northern Darwin after he finishes his shift as a cabbie.

He cooks 30 kg Indian cuisine to feed the homeless after his night shift. The free lunch that Tejinder Pal Singh offers comprises chickpeas, rice and vegetarian curry.

"I do something for homeless people, so they get more energy and they're happy. My religion says 10% of our income should go to the needy - no matter (whether) they belong to your religion or any other religion," Tejinder Pal Singh was quoted as saying by the local media.

His van carries a signature written as 'Free Indian food for hungry and needy people, Provider Sikh family.' Commonwealth Bank has sponsored the Australian of the Year Awards for over 35 years, recognising extraordinary Australians who have made a big difference to the country.

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