02:44PM, Wednesday 27 July 2016
The founder of a humanitarian charity tried to bring some ‘positivity’ to holiday makers who were stuck in hours of traffic chaos in Dover last weekend.
Staff shortages at French border controls meant holiday makers queued for days on roads leading into the port from Friday, July 22 until Sunday, July 24, leading to many missing their ferries across the English Channel.
Ravinder ‘Ravi’ Singh, the CEO of Khalsa Aid, which is based in Whitby Road, saw the events unfolding on the news and decided to act.
The Langley resident said: "I was sitting at home on Saturday afternoon when I saw what was happening in Dover.
"I turned to my wife and said we should do something so we made some calls to Dover port and the police to ask if we could help.
"A few hours later we got the all clear, so we headed off, stopping at a cash and carry in Southall to pick up 5,800 bottles of water."
After a 100-mile journey the 45-year-old became stuck in traffic himself as he approached Dover.
He added: "It was absolute chaos and we were stuck on the A2 for two hours.
"We started talking to people and began handing out water.
"People were frustrated, they didn't know what was going on. They were hungry and thirsty.
"We wanted to calm people and bring some positivity.
"Authorities at Dover were stretched but they were doing an amazing job at trying to keep people calm.
"In my opinion the government should have acted faster.”
Due to safety reasons Ravi relied on Kent police to distribute the bottles of water to motorists and their families but set up a distribution centre in a nearby road.
The act of kindness from Ravi prompted media attention and he said his Twitter was 'crazy' in the days that followed adding he received a 'lot of love' from people on social media.
"I am a firm believer of getting out there and physically helping, not just having a load of meetings,” he added.
"It was very rewarding to be actually doing something to help.”
Visit khalsaaid.org for more information.
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