Scotland's Aberdeen city witnessed north-east Sikh community members joining hands with the local gas and oil workers towards providing food to the less privileged. Aberdeen's Seaton Community Education Centre had a packed Christmas food bank organized by Mandeep Singh Khalsa.
The organized said that the Sikh community came closed to establish a "langar" - which meant a common kitchen and canteen for all residents in the expanse.
John Welsh of Wood Group helped with gathering the food donations for this carnival. The offshore consultant gathered large amounts of food donations so that, locals can possibly stock these during the festival season. The organizers have expressed their interest to carry out the carnival as a monthly activity and have contacted Wood Group for the same. This is a novel idea indeed. There would be about 10 to 15 people doing this together. A liaison with the council will also be struck upon.
The Organizers Say...
Khalsa, an Indian British from London, said: "The Sikh community in Aberdeen is quite small but full of passion. We haven't got a Sikh temple at the moment, but everybody's a good cook, all of our wives and myself, we cook quite well. Even without a temple we thought we would do a curry around Aberdeen."
"We hope to show there's no difference between people in India and the UK. We should be blind to colour, race, religion and any other difference - we're all the same, and love Santa."
"It is quite poignant that we are getting together to do something for our community. I have to give credit to the guys at Wood Group, Talisman-Sinopec, Sikh Relief and DNDK Limited. It is an interfaith thing."
Oats, sugar, tea, coffee, baby foods, milk and nappies were among the products donated.