Most people eagerly await the weekend as the chance to forget the stresses of the working week. But for one Sikh man, he has dedicated every Saturday for more than a year to helping feed the city’s homeless. Amerpreet Singh Khalsa cooks and then serves the food to anyone who asks for a meal – […]
Most people eagerly await the weekend as the chance to forget the stresses of the working week. But for one Sikh man, he has dedicated every Saturday for more than a year to helping feed the city’s homeless.
Amerpreet Singh Khalsa cooks and then serves the food to anyone who asks for a meal – and refuses to accept a penny in donations.
The father-of-four, 39, says his Sikh religion demands followers devote their efforts and earnings to those less fortunate than themselves.
And he has taken that teaching to heart, preparing meals from about 8am every Saturday – after prayers – alongside his wife Manpreet Kaur, before serving them at the bottom end of Newport Road outside Greggs and Coffee#1 from about 3pm.
‘It takes a bit of time, but we know it’s going to a good cause’
He is often helped by members of Cardiff University’s Sikh Society, and, while he doesn’t take money from wellwishers or those who enjoy what is on offer, he does accept food donations so he can continue to provide the meals.
Amerpreet, from Adamsdown, began feeding the city’s homeless in August last year and usually dishes out the food to about 80 people in the hour or so he is in place. Last Saturday was his busiest to date, with 106 meals served.
Everything he cooks is vegetarian to ensure there are no issues such as those concerning halal food, and a typical menu could include chick peas, cauliflower curry, pasta-based dishes, naan breads and onion bhajis.
“It’s not quick, it takes a bit of time, but we know it’s going to a good cause,” he said.
Amerpreet Singh Khalsa who helps with Langer Seva society, a hunger relief charity, providing free food to Cardiff homeless.
Amerpreet prepares the food ready for anyone who asks for a meal.And it is not just the homeless whom he serves, but all those who cannot afford to eat.
He says he was inspired by the example of his grandfather, who handed out bags of roasted chick peas and bottles of water to those who were hungry in his home town in Amritsar, India.
“I wanted to do something along the same lines and carry on his good work,” Amerpreet explained.
“It’s a good feeling, giving something back to the community.”
He represents a charity based around the Sikh concept of langar, which translates as “free kitchen” and which offers free food to anyone who needs it, regardless of background. And he says he derives satisfaction from the gratitude of those whom he helps.
‘We had to be committed to it’
“You can see in their faces when they get a warm meal or a cup of tea that they really appreciate it,” he said.
Devoting every Saturday to the cause is not one which daunts Amerpreet. “When we started off we said we had to be committed to it,” he added. “If we miss one then people will miss that food.”
Amerpreet added: “I see a lot of homeless people all over the place and if someone in Newport or Swansea wanted to set something similar up I would be happy to help them out.”
~ Source: walesonline.co.uk