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This Meme-Making Bishop Spent One of the Longest and Coldest Nights of the Year Sleeping Outside

Last edited 24th June 2018

This Meme-Making Bishop Spent One of the Longest and Coldest Nights of the Year Sleeping Outside

Braving the cold on one of the longest nights of the year, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers was one of the 350 people in Sydney who slept rough on Thursday, 21st of June for the 13th annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Bishop Umbers is known globally for his meme-making and social media ministry.

Bishop Richard Umbers said it was a valuable insight into how the thousands of people living on the streets exist day to day.

On the night, ‘Bishop Down Umber’ - his Twitter name - tweeted some of his experiences.

Great talks at #CEOSleepoutAU from very ordinary people who have been helped by St Vincent de Paul. Now exchanging vouchers for soup and bread roll. pic.twitter.com/2Cj5m4ffQt
— Bishop Down Umber (@BishopUmbers) 21 June 2018


As temperatures fell to single figures, the business and community leaders feasted on soup and a simple sausage in bread before retiring for the night to get a taste of what it's like to be homeless.


Camped outside the “sleeping zone” in search of dry concrete. Will we be moved along? @BishopComensoli pray for us! pic.twitter.com/HjNbOlz3Iw
— Bishop Down Umber (@BishopUmbers) 21 June 2018


More than just an experience, the national event is tipped to raise more than $6.4 million for Australia's homeless and disadvantaged.

On the cold and damp concrete with chilly winds blowing off the water, Bishop Umbers was given the opportunity to not only reflect on what it's like to sleep rough but to network with other community leaders on what can be done to help.

By 10:15pm on the night of the sleepout, Bishop Umbers had reached his initial fundraising goal.


Thanks guys! pic.twitter.com/JZCso5o4yU
— Bishop Down Umber (@BishopUmbers) 21 June 2018


By 2am, temperatures had already dropped to single digits and the Bishop was kept awake.

Looking forward to 7 am!#CEOSleepoutAU pic.twitter.com/uCE1oGL3kK
— Bishop Down Umber (@BishopUmbers) 21 June 2018


And before the sun even rose, Bishop Umbers was already awake - but in good spirits!

Rise but not shine as dew covers everything. #CEOSleepoutAU
— Bishop Down Umber (@BishopUmbers) 21 June 2018


More than 1400 business and community leaders participated nationally, raising funds for Vinnies to provide essential services to the people who need them.

The Vinnies staff have cooked bacon and eggs - it’s pack up and go. pic.twitter.com/bOAkXT8vaQ
— Bishop Down Umber (@BishopUmbers) 21 June 2018


There is still time to help make a difference by making a tax deductible donation in support of Bishop Richard's participation go to: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/richardumbers/sydney


Article has been amended and re-published from SydneyCatholic.org


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