Sikh taxi driver in Australia has been named ‘Australian of the Day’ for feeding the homeless in Darwin

Sikh migrant taxi who cooks up 30 kilograms of authentic Indian cuisine to feed the homeless after his night shift is being hailed ‘Australian of The Day’
For the past three years, Tejinder Pal Singh has dedicated the last Sunday of the month to feeding the poor and needy locals of northern Darwin, using what little money he can save.

Following a grueling twelve hour night shift, he slaves away in his kitchen for five hours to prepare a veritable feast of chickpeas, rice and vegetarian curry – which he then packs into huge containers and serves as a free lunch.

“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.

The sacrificial nature has flowed through to his son, Navdeep, who described his father as a kind-hearted, helpful person, reported the ABC.

‘I help my dad pour cordial for people who are thirsty, they deserve a cold drink … it’s a really hot day’, Navdeep says, following his fathers footsteps.

And the thirsty and hungry come flocking when they see his van, decorated with the sign, ‘Free Indian food for hungry and needy people, Provide Sikh family.’

One indigenous man was over the moon with the hearty feast, proclaiming, ‘Here in Darwin – we eating Indian food. He help us, every people in Darwin.’

‘He love people, he loves Aboriginal people. He give them feed and love, like God,’ he continued, thankful for the plate of food with no questions asked.

But Mr Singh has no interest in prying in the lives of those he serves. ‘I don’t ask any story, you know, I don’t want to interfere any life – my duty (is) only (to) give food to hungry people’, he says.

Mr Singh’s advice for those inspired by his acts of service?: ‘I had no sleep, (it’s) really very hard. If you want to do something for society – you need to work hard.’
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