The night before Sukhdeep shaves his head, he will be awarded a Hastings District Council Civic Honours Award, the first Punjabi Indian to do so.
The award recognises a decade of community work and volunteer fundraising, which has seen him help raise over $400,000 for six different non-profits groups.
"I almost cried,” he says when he found out he would be receiving the award.
“I felt really humbled because it's a huge privilege and I thought there are loads of other people more deserving than me."
In his role as the president of the Hawkes Bay Multicultural Association Sukhdeep has helped organised the annual International Cultures Day, and lead efforts to support ethnic communities in the area during the Covid-19 lockdown.
"I think helping people is in my blood,” says Sukhdeep.
“Back in India, my father set an example for me, always giving back to the community because, as he says, its the community that shapes our future and our kid's future."
"The biggest award for me is people come and saying to me “hey, thanks very much for helping us” That's an award for me every day.”
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