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Sikh community supports Salvos' cyclone relief

30 March 2015

Sikh community supports Salvos' cyclone relief

Capricorn Region Corps Officer Major Colin Maxwell (third from right) with members of the Sikh community and Salvation Army volunteers.


Sydney-based charity Turbans 4 Australia organised the donation and delivery of groceries and water for distribution by The Salvation Army in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia which hit central Queensland last month. 

The donation, to the value of $4500, coincided with Harmony Day on 21 March, a day to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. 

Amar Singh, President of Turbans 4 Australia, said the donations also had the intention of building cultural bridges between the Sikh community and the general Australian public. 

“At times, elders of our community experience a lot of discrimination and abuse, and this is our way to also say, ‘look we are citizens of this nation and we care and we are giving back to the community’. It is a way of promoting mutual respect,” he said. 

“I find Salvos are hands-on and big on getting into the field and rolling their sleeves up, which I really relate to. That’s what I love about Salvos – they’re always out there in the remotest parts of Australia.” 

Amar contacted Major Colin Maxwell, the Capricorn Region Corps Officer, to ask what items were most needed in the recovery phase. 

The Turbans 4 Australia group organised the delivery of dry goods, cleaning materials, baby products and pallets of water. These helped complement The Salvation Army’s Fill A Fridge campaign, which assisted a large number of households in Rockhampton, Yeppoon and other affected outlying area. 

The bulk of funding came from international charity Khalsa Aid, with Brisbane Sikh temple donating water and some donations from the Sydney Sikh community. 

The Sikh community also recently supported The Salvation Army by donating goods for the rural chaplains to distribute. You can read more about that donation here

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The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.