A Sikh woman has cancelled her first trip back to India in 10 years to cook meals for distressed bushfire victims.
Sukhwinder Kaur, 35, from Melbourne, had scheduled a trip back to her home town to visit her sister who is in a coma after she suffered a stroke.
But decided to stay in Australia to cook more than 1,000 meals a day for families forced to flee their homes after fires ravaged East Gippsland.
Ms Kaur has been camping at Bairnsdale Oval since New Year’s Eve to help the community who she now regards as her ‘family’.
Sukhwinder Kaur (second right) and other Sikh Volunteers Australia volunteers have dedicated the last week to feeding bushfire evacuees from the East Gippsland region
Her day begins at dawn and ends at 11pm, where she camps out in a room next to the kitchen before it starts all over again.
‘I realised my first duty is towards the community here where I have lived for so long. If I had left the people here during such a difficult time, I don’t think I could call myself a good human being,’ she told SBS Punjabi