Khalsa Aid England and Turbans for Australia help cyclone Marcia victims


Australia’s sunshine state of Queensland suffered massive destruction when cyclone Marcia hit its coastline in end of February. Around 1100 houses were destroyed in Rockhampton city, and trees uprooted by strong winds that blew around 290km/hour.

That’s when the UK-based ‘Khalsa Aid’ came forward to help. Khalsa Aid contacted Australia’s rising Sikh organisation Turbans4Australia and encouraged them to be local contacts for them. Amar Singh of Turbans4Australia contacted the Salvation Army of Rockhampton to understand the kind of aid needed and then arranged everything from buying pallets of drinking water, non-perishable food items, nappies for children and many other items worth $4500.


Two members of Turbans4Australia then flew down to Rockhampton on 21 March to make sure the goods are delivered to victims. Salvation Army’s Major Colin Maxwell thanked Khalsa Aid, Turbans4Australia and all other volunteers on behalf of victims of the cyclone and praised the efforts at this most critical time.

The team of Turbans4Australia had a chance meeting with a young Sikh named Sukh Cheema after landing at Rockhampton, who was so moved by the generous cause that he quickly arranged a team of Sikh, Punjabi and Indian community people living in Rockhampton to help the team out. The staff of the Salvation Army said that this aid and help from locals will definitely bring Indian and Australian communities even closer.

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