As heartbroken Lismore residents make their way back to what’s left of their homes to begin a laborious flood recovery effort, the smiling faces of Sikh Volunteers Australia are greeting them with free, hot meals.

The Melbourne-based not-for-profit has become almost synonymous with natural disaster support, this time travelling for close to 34 hours to reach the flood-ravaged town in northern NSW.

After their long journey, the four sikhs – known as Sewadars – have set up in Goonellabah, in Lismore’s east, to provide much-needed relief to the devastated community by supplying thousands of their famous curries.

“The Sikh community is part of the larger Australian community, that is why we help anyone without discrimination,” Jaswinder Singh told The Sydney Morning Herald.

An essential tenet of Sikhism – the fifth-largest and fastest-growing religion in Australia – is providing for people in need.

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(Article courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald by Amelia McGuire)