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Amar Singh, president of Sikh community group “Turbans 4 Australia” and his fellow volunteers also helped feed firies during the bushfire crisis.

On a quiet street in the south-western Sydney suburb of Minto, on a backyard porch crowded with hotplates, large pots, and bags of ingredients, the spirit of harmony, brotherhood and mateship is being brought to the boil, ladled into plastic tubs, and has the scent of curry.

It is the home of Amar Singh, president of Sikh community group "Turbans 4 Australia".

Formed in 2015, the group pursues the guiding principles of Sikh culture in selfless service and universal love and does so by reaching out to those in need via their tummies, hence the back porch crowded with cooks, and smelling delicious.

"This is one thing that we want to do, to help people in need, and no matter where it is, what it is, we'll try and do a few cents worth," says Amar.

"We want to give back to the community as much as we can."

It's an ethos that saw Amar and a convoy of volunteers head into ground zero of last summer's fire season, to cook and feed the firies after their return from the frontline.

With a dozen or so other volunteers cutting, mixing and stirring a vast pot mild lentil curry as rice boiled alongside, Amar told me he had heard many charities feeding the poor, had been struggling to get supplies, hence Turbans 4 Australia jumping in to help.

"People that do regular homeless meals and supply other needy items, they can't buy stuff'," says Amar, as a pot lid clangs behind us following a quick stir.

"They actually have to spend five to seven hours extra every week, just to go shop."

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So once the curry has been spooned into takeaway containers, it will be driven into town as sun sets, the chance for a hot evening meal for many of Sydney's homeless.

But even before the cooking commenced, the Turbans 4 Australia team were loading the tray of Tauke Kalu's ute with grocery packs, destined to help impoverished families and seniors in the Campbelltown area.

"There's a bit of dog food in there, there's some soups, there's some chips, there's some juices, and you know," says Tauke, who works with local charity Shining Stars, "every single family that we're able to give to, mate, they are so grateful for whatever they get."

"We're taking time out from work, from family, to do this to help our fellow man," says Amar, "this is our home, and we want to help our friends in need, because we're all in this together."

Selfless service and universal love are guiding principles of Sikh culture; traits even more appreciated during times like this.

Source: 9News

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