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Restaurant cooks for the community

AN Eastern Shore restaurant has decided to give back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to many Eastern Shore businesses, with countless employees uncertain if there will be a job to go back to once the pandemic has passed.

With the significant downturn in trade, Dawat the Invitation owner Jimmy Singh gave back to the community by initially cooking and delivering 75 meals to Emergency Department workers at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

“When I started the business a lot of people came and supported me, and now everyone is going through a hard time, so this was one way I could give the community something back,” Mr Singh said.

“It was one way I could give back to these guys who are doing such a fantastic job for us all.”

From this gesture, Mr Singh decided to cook and give away free meals every Thursday from midday from a stall outside his restaurant in Rosny at 122 Cambridge Road.

Although the Coronavirus has significantly impacted Mr Singh’s usual restaurant trade, his philosophy is simple.

“This community has been so good to me over the years and I now have the opportunity to give back,” he said.

“Also, the smiles are an added bonus.

“I can’t do much, but whatever I can do I’ve tried to do my best.”

Clarence Alderman Brendan Blomeley thanked Mr Singh for his contribution to the community.

“As word of Jimmy’s generosity spreads, so too does the number of meals he prepares,” Alderman Blomeley said.

“He cooked 200 meals on his first Thursday, and over the past month this has doubled to more than 400 every Thursday.”

“Jimmy is a wonderful and inspirational example to us all as he has really stepped up to the plate to give back during these challenging times.

“Thank you, Jimmy.”

Caption: From left, volunteer helper Brandon Kelly, Dawat the Invitation owner Jimmy Singh and Clarence Alderman Brendan Blomeley.