Bishop Thanks Sleepout Supporters

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
22 Jun 2018

Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers would like to thank everyone who supported him in reaching his $5000 fund-raising goal in last week's Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

One of 1400 community leaders to take part across the country, Bishop Umbers braved the cold to help raise much needed awareness and funds for those sleeping rough and equally to highlight the many Catholic agencies who are there to help the homeless.

He said he felt very encouraged by the support shown for agencies like St Vincent's de Paul, CatholicCare, the Matthew Talbot Hostel and the Capuchin Friars.

"It was a great opportunity for me to show not only the volunteers that the Church takes these matters seriously but also the assembled community and business leaders who had gathered out of concern for homeless Australians," he said.

"For myself I gained a lot from my experience to hear first-hand of the situations where people have lived homelessness and how housing affordability can really impact on ordinary people who end up on the streets."

The national event now in its 13th year is tipped to raise more than $6.4 million for Australia's homeless and disadvantaged.

NSW chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society Jack de Groot has called on the Federal Government to recognise that housing is a human right not a privilege, which he says has been consistent in Catholic social teaching for decades.

He said there are many things the community can do to help the homeless including finding out more about the issue and raising awareness, volunteering with Vinnies and making financial contributions to charitable organisations as well as taking part in the Vinnies Sleepout.

"The homelessness problem needs to be dealt with and the best way is by bringing people together," he said.
"It's not just a moral thing, it's intellectual, people need to understand it.

"The Sleepout brings all types of community leaders to the table where decisions are made."

There is still time to help make a difference by making a tax deductible donation in support of Bishop Richard's participation go to: