House debates

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Statements by Members

Hindu Council of Australia

1:44 pm

Photo of Fiona MartinFiona Martin (Reid, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise today to acknowledge the excellent work of the Hindu Council of Australia. The Hindu Council of Australia's headquarters is based in my electorate of Reid—in Homebush, very close to my electorate office, in fact. The Hindu Council has gathered volunteers and sponsors together to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Through initiatives such as the Karma Kitchen and the Hindu Benevolent Fund, they have assisted with activities like providing basic grocery supplies, sourcing employment for those out of work due to the pandemic, counselling services for students and helping to arrange temporary alternative accommodation for those in need. I recently visited the Karma Kitchen, where meals prep and packaging essential food ingredients were put together. Essential items such as rice and spices were packaged up. As I walked into the hall, I immediately felt the warmth of the volunteers, who gave up their time to help those in need. So it is fitting that I acknowledge their community service in this place. I look forward to working with the Hindu Council of Australia for many years to come.