After his 12-hour night shift, a Sikh migrant taxi driver cooks up to 30 kilos of authentic Indian cuisine to feed the homeless. For that, he was hailed “Australian of the Day”.
For three years, Tejinder Pal Singh has always been dedicating the last Sunday of every month to feeding the needy and poor locals of northern Darwin. And, what’s great about his act is that he uses a certain percentage of the amount of money he earns to fund his monthly activity.
When his 12-hour night shift ends, he goes to his kitchen and spends five hours in preparing an authentic meal of rice, vegetable curry, and chickpeas. He then packs them individually into large containers and gives them away as a free lunch.
The photo above shows Tejinder, with his wife, daughter, and son
Tejinder and his family have always been happy in what they’re doing – serving the less fortunate individuals in their community
In an interview with Channel 9, the father of two simply said, “I do something for homeless people, so they get more energy so they’re happy”.
Although it’s hard to believe, this man was actually inspired to start the service after a racist abused the cab fare in 2012. He was hoping that he can somehow bring down the negative discrimination associated with foreigners in the area.
This man attributes his generosity to a deep faith. He explained, “My religion says 10% of incomes goes toward needy and poor people – no matter they belong to your religion or any religion”.
Every last Sunday of the month, Tejinder and his family serve sumptuous Indian cuisine to locals
They use a van, which is ornamented with a banner, “Free Indian food for hungry and needy people, Provide Sikh family”
Tejinder’s act of generosity has been inherited by his son Navdeep, who described his father as a helpful and kind-hearted person.
He said, “I help my dad pour cordial for people who are thirsty, they deserve a cold drink … it’s a really hot day”. He also added he wanted to follow the footsteps of his father.
Whenever the thirsty and hungry see their van, they all come flocking.
Indigenous locals in the northern part of Darwin are very thankful for the family’s generosity
The photo above shows a man eating the free authentic Indian meal prepared by the family
‘I do something for homeless people, so they get more energy so they’re happy’, said Mr Singh
While chowing down with the hearty meal provided, one man said, “Here in Darwin – we eating Indian food. He help us, every people in Darwin. He love people, he loves Aboriginal people. He give them food and love, like God”.
However, Tejinder seems not to be interested in knowing more about the lives of the people he helps. “I don’t want to interfere any life – my duty is only to give food to hungry people,” he explained.
Still, he left an advice for those who are inspired by his act of kindness. His message was:
“I had no sleep, it’s really very hard. If you want to do something for society – you need to work hard.”
Watch a video interview with Tejinder below:
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