Sagar Pandey has been working hard at Burger Head in Penrith for the last two-and-a-half years saving money to return home to Nepal.
Last Friday his life savings from Australia were stolen and the team is holding a special event this Sunday to help.
Owners Tim Rosenstrauss and Josh Deluca told the Weekender how Mr Pandey quickly became one of their most loyal employees.
“We opened in January 2017 and he started a few weeks after at the bottom run of the kitchen ladder doing basic prep jobs and washing dishes,” Mr Rosenstrauss said.
“He wanted to learn more, do more hours so he is now a team captain and has gone from washing dishes to running a high-pressure Saturday night service with 300 burgers all through his own will of wanting it.”
On Friday, August 23 when his home was broken into and he lost over $12,000 worth of valuables, hard saved money and personal items the team knew they needed to help.
“Friday there was train chaos and he said he was going to be late but when he got here, he was crying and upset so we asked what was wrong and he told us,” Mr Rosenstrauss said.
“When we first opened Burger Head we realised we know food, but good burgers aren’t going to run a business it needs to be much more, and this is part of it.”
The boys couldn’t replace the money themselves but are calling on their network and the community to give a helping hand.
“We have set up a Go Fund Me for donations and money from every burger sold this Sunday will go towards raising funds,” Mr Deluca said.
“One of our major beer suppliers, One Drop has thrown in eight cases of beer so all proceeds of that beer will go towards it as well and it happens to be Father’s Day so a great reason to come down with the added benefit of helping someone out.”
Mr Pandey was so grateful telling the Weekender he has the best bosses in the world.
To have some great food for a great cause make sure to head down to Burger Head on Sunday, September 1 or donate at www.gofundme.com/f/avv5a6-life-savings-stolen.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Emily covers community news and entertainment for the Western Weekender.