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Sikhcess Announces Formal Launch of Global Feed the Homeless Campaign in Australia

02/07/2008

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    Melbourne, Australia – Sikhcess™, a community-service organization dedicated to promoting the basic Sikh principles of public service, community, and equality for humankind, today announced that organizers and volunteers have formally launched efforts to deliver food to the homeless and needy in Australia through the Sikhcess ‘Feed the Homeless’ campaign.

    Supported by Sikh communities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia, Sikhcess volunteers are expected to launch the world’s largest effort-of-its-kind to feed the homeless and needy on March 1, 2008.

    “Earlier this month, we announced plans to expand our program to feed the homeless and needy to several continents and countries, including the Australia, where an estimated 100,000 people are homeless. It’s exciting to see that this early goal for Australia is now being met with the formal kick-start of our ‘Feed the Homeless’ campaign in the Australia. Volunteers are clearly eager to help the poor and needy, a founding principle of the Sikh faith,” announced Mr. Amit Singh, Executive Director of Sikhcess.

    “I’m honored to help launch this campaign in Australia, and am particularly grateful for the support of our volunteers who are especially keen to help with donations of food, time and effort,” stated founding Sikhcess National Coordinator for Australia, Ms. Amarpreet Kaur.
    “I encourage everyone -- regardless of their gender, age, or religious and political affiliation -- to assist us with this campaign to help the needy through the simple act of participating in this free community kitchen, also known as Langar.”

    The Sikh institution of ‘Langar’ was started by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. It is the only free kitchen of its kind in the world, collectively serving millions around the globe each year, regardless of gender, social standing, caste, color, religious affiliation, or beliefs. Through this ideal of equality, the tradition of ‘Langar’ expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness, and oneness of all humankind. Working to address homeless hunger, Sikhcess has taken ‘Langar’ (or ‘Free Community Kitchen’) to those on the streets.

    On 17 November 2007, Sikhcess launched its first large-scale ‘Feed the Homeless’ campaign with great success. Volunteers throughout North America successfully distributed nearly 50,000 individual food packages to the homeless and needy in just one night - the largest campaign of its kind.

    Inquiries for donations of food and supplies for distribution to the homeless should be directed to Donations@Sikhcess.com or to Mr. Amit Singh at 248-990-1245.

    For inquiries in Australia, please contact Amarpreet Kaur at pree@sikhcess.com.



    About the Sikhcess™ ‘Feed the Homeless’ Campaign

    The Sikhcess™ ‘Feed the Homeless’ campaign began in January 2007 in Vancouver, Canada. The campaign’s initial goal was to distribute 15,000 food packages to Vancouver’s homeless population within 12 months. Eventually, North America’s entire Sikh community rallied behind the program, distributing more than 70,000 food packages throughout numerous cities across the United States and Canada in only 11 months.

    Through the efforts of this campaign, food packages have been delivered to homeless communities in: Vancouver, BC; Surrey, BC; Toronto, ONT; New York, NY; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Cincinnati, OH; Boston, MA; Newark, NJ; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; San Jose, CA; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Fairfax, VA; Houston, TX; Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; Oklahoma City, OK; Tulsa, OK; and Miami, FL.

    Every month, the homeless and needy receive thousands of food packages generously donated by the entire Sikh community. In exchange, Sikhcess™ volunteers receive countless hugs, smiles and a heart-felt “thank you”, many times over. Sikhcess™ thanks all those who contribute to the ‘Feed the Homeless’ campaign with their charitable support of time, effort, food, and kitchen facilities.

    Inquiries for donations of food and supplies to the homeless should be directed to Info@Sikhcess.com or to Mr. Amit Singh at 248-990-1245.

    For inquiries in Australia, please contact Amarpreet Kaur at pree@sikhcess.com.
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