Sayed Hussainizada left his homeland of Afghanistan in 1999 to escape the devastation and death that was common there.
The Campbelltown business owner found a safe place in Australia, and has loved his adopted country ever since.
That's why the recent bushfire crisis has spurred him into action.
Mr Hussainizada held a special fundraising dinner at his restaurant, Afghan Royal, on Friday with all profits donated to the Rural Fire Service.
"Being in Afghanistan I saw the devastation and problems that were going on there, where people were struggling to live," he said.
"I came to Australia and I felt comfortable and safe and supported to live.
"And now I turn on the news and see devastation from the bushfires, see people who don't have a place to live.
"So I want to help. I'm only a small business owner, but I want to do what I can to help these people, because we are all Australian, we're all human."
Mr Hussainizada's dinner featured a set menu of 13 dishes and more than 50 people attended.
The event raised $1200.
He said he was very grateful to everyone for taking part.
"I want to say a big thank you to all the people who participated," he said.
"There was lots of food, it was a good night."
A representative of the RFS also attended the event.
Learn more about Afghan Royal: 0480 136 506