Although the Gurdwara Sahib Glenwood had to temporarily shut down in accordance with government restrictions in March, it didn’t stop members of the Australian Sikh Association (ASA) from helping their community.

Members came together to form a nightly tiffin service for overseas students who had lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, which provided around 150-200 meals every day.

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ASA spokesperson Terlochen Singh Gill said while restrictions have recently been eased, the organisation has continued to support the initiative, which now extends its support to a wider community.

“For a short period, we supplied food to staff working in Public hospitals in the Emergency Departments,” Mr Gill said.

“We also provide food to families who lack transport… and we also started making food for… people returning from overseas.

“A total of 180-200 meals were supplied to passengers in quarantine.”

Formed in 1983 when the Sikh Cultural Society merged with the Australian Sikh Club, ASA aims to help community members located around North-Western, Hills, Western Regions of Sydney Metro area.

“The Australian Sikh Association also aims to contribute to the wider Australian Society, by the way charitable activities and by actively engaging in the development of the Multicultural Australia, in the 21st Century,” their website reads.

The Gurdwara Sahib Glenwood is now open to worshippers, but ASA is maintaining they follow government advice by ensuring they restrict the number of people inside at one time.

However, the organisation will continue to maintain their programs to support those who need assistance during these times.

“As restrictions ease in the future, we will organise auspicious days as per the Sikh Calendar,” Mr Gill said.

“ASA encourages all our Sikh members to go for walks and stay healthy and get regular check-ups, and younger members are encouraged to take up Gatkaan Indoor Self-Defence Course.”

ASA continues to welcome donations from members of the organisation and the public, which can be sent through their website HERE.