Shepparton's Kamal Deep Singh has shown his generous nature, offering a free breakfast for any passer-by of his St George's Rd milk bar.By Estelle Griepink
Kamal Deep Singh is ready for the next phase of his ongoing mission to spread kindness in Shepparton.
The St George’s Rd Post Office and Milk Bar owner has used his own money to buy outdoor furniture and food for his latest initiative, a free breakfast stand.
It comes eight months after Mr Singh began making regular donations of bread and fruit to St George’s Rd Primary School.
In May, Mr Singh told The News he started giving food to the school after learning many Australian students did not eat breakfast.
‘‘Studies have shown that if you don’t have a proper breakfast, you can’t study or work well,’’ he said.
He said that knowledge also prompted his larger-scale project that will allow any passer-by to get a free breakfast from outside the milkbar.
Mr Singh said while hungry schoolchildren and homeless people were the most welcome, he would not turn anyone away.
‘‘If someone comes here in a BMW and wants a free breakfast, I’ll say, ‘Sure, you can have it’,’’ he said.
‘‘This is not a charity thing, it’s a sharing thing.’’
Mr Singh said his religion encouraged him to share — Sikhs are asked to donate 10 per cent of their income to people in need.
Mr Singh stressed people should not feel ashamed to visit the free breakfast stand.
He said it was about allowing people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds the same opportunities as everyone else.
‘‘People might feel a little guilty or inferior because they think they’re going to a charity,’’ Mr Singh said.
‘‘But I want people to know we’re here to help, and whatever we can do we will do it.
‘‘Some people can’t afford to take their family to a restaurant and don’t have that experience (of sitting together outside at a table), so I hope to give them that.’’
Mr Singh said his wife Jasbinder, sons Tamandeep, 15, and Agammjot, 8, and a few neighbours would initially operate the stand.
Tamandeep said he would not mind waking up early to help his parents and the wider community.
‘‘I think it’s a good thing for people who can’t afford breakfast, because that’s where you get your energy from,’’ he said.
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