Words: Dylan Murphy
The family gave out 500 masks for free in Cork on Saturday.
The Singh family live in a Direct Provision Centre in Cork and have given out 2000 free masks since the start of the pandemic. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, they revealed that making the masks for the public was about “giving back” to the country they now live in.
They moved to Ireland three years ago from India and currently reside in the Kinsale Road accommodation centre in Cork which hosts 300 people. Within the accommodation, they have donated masks for free to many of the inhabitants.
Raminder Singh lives with his wife Harinder Kaur and their three children. According to him engaging in Seva is paramount to his faith, it entails service without expecting a reward for said work.
He said, “We are very happy in Ireland. We like this country and Irish people. My wife and daughter make the masks. Everyone helps. This is our fourth time giving out masks (in the city centre).”
The family are seeking asylum in Ireland on religious and political grounds and launched an appeal following the refusal to grant them the right to live in Ireland.