A Sikh woman, who was supposed to travel back to India from Australia after a 10-year hiatus, cancelled her tickets at the last moment. 

The reason? She decided to stay back and help provide food to the thousands of bushfire victims. 

Yes, in a largely self-obsessed world – Sukhwinder Kaur from Melbourne proved to be a rare find. 

She cancelled her planned visit to her sister’s place in India and stayed back preparing more than 1000 meals every day for the victims of bushfires in Australia. 

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Camping at Bairnsdale Oval since New Year’s Eve, Sukhwinder – who also won a cash prize in 2018 for her efforts – now regards the Australian community as her new family. 

Beginning at dawn, Kaur’s tiring yet fulfilling duty takes hours and only by 11 PM can she call it a day. 

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But soon, she has to start all over again as new survivors reach her camp in search of some food and water. 

Explaining her routine, she said: 

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. This is my family too and I have a responsibility towards it. I just can’t go while my family is suffering.
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Sikh Volunteers Australia lauded Sukhwinder Kaur’s solo efforts and said: 

(Ms Kaur) is working continuously from last five days in bushfire effected area Gippsland region Bairnsdale. She is preparing food three times a day around 400 meals. She has not gone back to home from last five days. Thank you for the delicious taste.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews met Ms Kaur and other Sikh Volunteers Australia members on January 2 to personally thank them for their tireless efforts. 

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So far 1 billion animals have died due to the excruciatingly painful conditions in Australia. 

Over 1000 houses have been destroyed and a dozen people also succumbed to one of the worst calamities in the continent.