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Humble restaurant worker who joined a group of Sikhs to distribute meals to vulnerable Australians is awarded Australia Day honours

  • Adelaide restaurant worker has been given a prestigious Australia Day honour 
  • Gurjinder Kahlon, 42, distributed meals for those in need during the pandemic 
  • His passion for helping others was sparked after suffering a critical neck injury 










A selfless restaurant worker who cooked and delivered over 5,000 boxes of food for vulnerable people in isolation during the Covid pandemic has been awarded an Australia Day honour.

Chahat Indian Restaurant owner Gurjinder Singh Kahlon, 42, took it upon himself to make sure those in need didn’t ‘go to sleep with an empty stomach’ during the health crisis.

The Indian migrant who started a new life in Adelaide, originally planned to distribute about 30 boxes of meals per day, but after joining up with Sikh Support Australia, he was able to send out hundreds.

A selfless restaurant worker who cooked and delivered over 5,000 boxes of food for vulnerable people in isolation during the Covid pandemic has been awarded an Australia Day honour

Chahat Indian Restaurant owner Gurjinder Singh Kahlon, 42, 9 (pictured) took it upon himself to make sure those in need didn't 'go to sleep with an empty stomach' during the health crisis

Chahat Indian Restaurant owner Gurjinder Singh Kahlon, 42, 9 (pictured) took it upon himself to make sure those in need didn’t ‘go to sleep with an empty stomach’ during the health crisis

The delicious Indian cuisine was delivered to return travellers in quarantine, international students who weren’t able to work during the lockdown

Mr Kahlon also fed emergency workers at the Lyell McEwen hospital who were run off their feet in the early stages of the pandemic.

His restaurant also handed out over 3,000 grocery kits to members of the community feeling the pinch during the economic shutdown.

Although he told SBS he’s honoured and extremely proud to receive the Australia Day Council of South Australia Active Citizen of The Year Award, the humble cook said his work in the community was the least he could do.

‘We don’t want anyone to sleep with an empty stomach. We also ran a campaign on social media to tell people that we’re here to help,’ Mr Kahlon said.

His passion for helping others was sparked after he suffered a serious neck injury in 2013 soon after migrating to Australia.

Mr Kahlon could barely walk and even had trouble going to the bathroom.

Mr Kahlon (pictured left) said he was honoured and extremely proud to receive the Australia Day Council of South Australia Active Citizen of The Year Award

Mr Kahlon (pictured left) said he was honoured and extremely proud to receive the Australia Day Council of South Australia Active Citizen of The Year Award

Pictured: Mr Kahlon serving food

Pictured: Mr Kahlon serving food

‘I was depressed, seeing myself in a condition where I was bed-ridden due to my injury…I feel that our life has to be more than just focusing on making money.’

So the following year, the former diesel mechanic launched his restaurant and began delivering home-cooked meals to those in need.

He has provided daily breakfasts to the homeless in Light Square and Hurtle Square and also serves up free meals every Christmas day.

Sikh Support Australia nominated Mr Kahlon for the award and said he is doing ‘remarkable’ in the community and thoroughly deserves to be recognised.

‘You and your family’s hard work and dedication… has been long and tireless,’ the charity said.

‘This journey together for the community is remarkable and will keep going.’

Mr Kahlon said his Australia Day honour is a tribute to his migration journey since growing up in Village Dhariwal in the Gurdaspur District of Punjab, India.

‘There were times when we had to sleep in parks, on roads, or in hospital corridors. But that is in the past now. Life is beautiful now, and with God’s grace, we intend to share what we have earned with those in need,’ he said.

Mr Kahlon (pictured) said his Australia Day honour is a tribute to his migration journey

Mr Kahlon (pictured) said his Australia Day honour is a tribute to his migration journey



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