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May 04, 2020
UNITED SIKHS Emergency Team Provides Help to Suffering Populations

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, May 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNITED SIKHS, a United Nations affiliated international non-profit, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, has had boots on the ground providing support and supplies to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world including Australia.


Before World Health Organisation (WHO) announced COVID-19 as pandemic, Australia was one of the first countries to begin immediate action in managing COVID-19 as a national health emergency. As a result of early action Australia has conducted more than 551,000 tests across the country. Of the 6,746 confirmed cases, 90 have been reported dead and 5,685 have been reported as recovered.


The UNITED SIKHS Australia Chapter has launched the UMEED global project to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, under this project, UNITED SIKHS has launched a FOODBANK to help the most vulnerable sects such as elderly over 65 who do not have a family member to care for them, single mothers, international students, disabled, low income families with children.


UNITESD SIKHS/UMEED will provide freshly cooked meals (hot meals) to these sects, which are being cooked at Gurudwara Sahib Tarneit (West of Melbourne). Altogether upwards of 100-200 meals will be prepared twice a day and delivered to recipient’s doorsteps by volunteers.


In a partnership with Let’s Feed and Rehmat Sandhu Foundation, UMEED will also provide over-the-counter medication and essential groceries and non-perishable food supplies such as long-life milk, canned food, flour, rice, lentils and fresh vegetables.


For students in Australia, the Emergency Relief Services for International Students has been established by UNITED SIKHS.  Recognizing that students contribute to the Australian economy and are subsequently not covered in relief packages announced by Australian government, are a population in need of support during the COVID -10 pandemic. UNITED SIKHS will provide students with accommodation, groceries, living supplies, study assistance, medicines and other miscellaneous items needed.


“UNITED SIKHS Australia has activated our Emergency Response Team. Our volunteers are working with local councils and state/federal government in the best possible manner,” commented Gurvinder Singh, UNITED SIKHS Australia Chapter Director. “Our focus is where it always has been – support all communities to maintain their wellbeing and provide them with means to cope with this disruption and uncertainty. We are grateful to those who are coming forward to support us during COVID-19 pandemic. It’s their support which makes us keep going.”


Additionally, UNITED SIKHS has joined forces with Uniting Church Wyndham, to provide the homeless population with hot meals in their area ensuring that no one goes without support during the pandemic crisis.



About UNITED SIKHS: UNITED SIKHS is a U.N. affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. UNITED SIKHS is registered: as a non-profit tax exempt organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in the USA; as a Registered Charity in England and Wales under the Charities Act 1993, Charity Number 111 2055; registered in Australia as a not for profit NGO (ABN 24 317 847 103); and is a registered NGO in Belgium; as a non-profit organization in Canada; under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in Panjab and as a tax exempt organisation under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961; under the French Association Law 1901; under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan; as a registered society under the Registrar of Societies in Malaysia (registered as UNITED SIKHS Malaysia Humanitarian Aid Organisation- Regn No: PPM-015-14


Surmeet Kaur UNITED SIKHS 510-396-2336 surmeet.kaur@unitedsikh.org 


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