Sikhs distribute free meals to thousands of stranded drivers
Volunteers from Gravesend Gurudwara hand out hot curries and pasta to truckers
The Sikhs (followers of Sikhism) are considered to be among the most generous people in the UK, according to a BBC study. Now, in their latest charity effort, the community in UK has responded to the plight of thousands of truck workers stranded in Dover after France shut down its border.
The Sikh community in Gravesend, Kent got together to prepare fresh hot meals for thousands of drivers. Volunteers from the Guru Nanak Darbar in Gravesend they have whipped up at least 800 meals, including curry and pasta for the hungry and starnded truckers.
According to an ITV report, Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal, president of the Gravesend Gurdwara said that helping people in need is a fundamental concept for them.
Hungry drivers who were protesting at Manston Airport, Kent and were put in makeshift camps were handed hot meals by community members. Volunteers distributed 500 chickpea curries and 300 mushroom and pasta dishes to the drivers.
Nearly 4,000 drivers are stranded at the Manston Airport site, which has been turned into a car park.
British health authorities are out a mass testing after France confirmed it will only allow people with a negative Covid test to cross the border. The stranded drivers have appealed to the authorities be allowed to go home for Christmas as the testing process will take several days. Nearly 10,000 drivers have been stuck in Kent.
Though France has said that they have opened the borders, some drivers complained and said it’s not true.
“There’s thousands of people queuing to get through. The port and the roads are all at a standstill,” one of the drivers told Mail Online.
The Kent County Council has also sent emergency supplies to help the stranded drivers.
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