Do we really need money to do good to people? No. Meet Tejinder Singh, a taxi-driver in Australia, who distributes free food to needy people every last Sunday of the month.
His inspiration comes from a racist incident he faced in 2012.
That year, Singh picked up a person who asked him which school in Darwin his children attended. After Singh replied, the person said he would send his kids to the same school as Singh was not likely to bomb an establishment that his own children attended. Singh was deeply moved by the Islamophobic remark, though he is not a Muslim. After that day, he is dedicatedly feeding the homeless for past three years, despite earning merge income. After completing his gruelling twelve-hour night shift, he spends five hours in the kitchen to prepare a meal comprising chickpeas, rice and vegetarian curry for the homeless in northern Darwin.
Australia officially acknowledged his philanthropic activity by hailing him as ‘Australian of The Day
‘ on August 5. The initiative was sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank, which has sent eight photographers to capture the lives of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary work.
The van, which Singh drives around Darwin to deliver free food, has the sign – “Free Indian food for hungry and needy people, Provide Sikh family. (sic)”
Singh, who works as an air conditioner mechanic, said:
“My religion says 10% of income goes toward needy and poor people – no matter (whether) they belong to your religion or any religion. I do something for homeless people, so they get more energy so they’re happy.”
Drawing inspiration from his father, his son Navdeep has also imbibed this generous spirit. He helps his father in distributing the food.
Irrespective of class or race, Singh distributes food to all who need it. Rejecting monetary help from his supporters, he has reportedly encouraged others to begin their own food drives. Like he says, “The van, the pots, anyone can use them. It’s for mankind.” We salute Tejinder Singh.