MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA May 9, 2020 (GURPUNEET SIDHU): 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 resources to families in need all over the world including Australia to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced COVID-19 as a 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 people have been reported dead and 5,685 have been reported as recovered.

Globally, UNITED SIKHS has launched UMEED (an emergency helpline) to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this project in Australia, UNITED SIKHS  has launched a FOODBANK to help the most vulnerable including those over the age of 65 who do not have a family member to care for them, single mothers, international students, the disabled, or low income families with children

UNITED SIKHS will provide freshly cooked hot meals to aid those impacted 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 FoundationUMEED 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, Emergency Relief Services for International Students has been established by UNITED SIKHS.  Recognizing that these students contribute to the Australian economy and are subsequently not covered in relief packages announced by the Australian government, this is a population particularly in need during this COVID -19 pandemic. UNITED SIKHS will provide them with accommodation, groceries, daily essentials, study assistance, medicines and other emergency assistance as needed.