Christmas Drought Appeal- #bagforthebush

Villa had an outstanding response to Bags for the Bush. The Villa Maria students loaded approx 450 grocery bags into CitySlicker Wade L’Estrange’s truck yesterday afternoon. On Friday Wade  and his gorgeous puppy ‘Hotdog’ will drive the bags 6.5 hours to Baradine for distribution by the CWA drought pantry volunteers.
Huge thanks to all Villa Maria families, Holy Name of Mary parishioners and the Hunters Hill Community for their outstanding generosity.


News Flash:

Wade L’Estrange, his wife and their 4 kids lost everything when their house burnt down and they had no insurance. But they got through it with the support of the community who donated beds, money, kids clothes, furniture – and now they are giving it back through a not-for-profit charity City Slickers Appeal.

On Wednesday, Mr L’Estrange will collect over 300 bags full of groceries and drive them six hours away to Baradine, in north western NSW, to stock up the Drought Pantry before Christmas.

The grocery initiative – called #bagforthebush– was born from some parents at Villa Maria Primary School in Hunters Hill looking for a way to support drought-stricken farming families.

The groceries will be taken to the Drought Pantry in Baradine, a service set up by the local CWA Association to provide free food to families in need.

Drought Pantry supports more than 450 people from over 140 families, and runs solely on donations.

Mr L’Estrange will be at the school on Wednesday at 4pm to load his truck up, with the help of some little primary school kids keen to pack the truck with him!


Many thanks,

Imogen Cornell

0402 436 715

Where: Villa Maria Primary School, Mary Street, Hunters Hill

When: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Time: 4pm 

Contact: Imogen Cornell (0402 436 715)



Wade L’Estrange

Hawkesbury NSW

Hi to all,
Just an insight into why I started up City Slickers Appeal. I have 4 children and in February last year my house burnt down due a electrical fault in the roof.  My wife, the 3 of my kids who were home and myself just got out alive in a matter of seconds, we lost everything.
We did not have the whole house insured due to just doing an extension and not adding it on to our insurance. We were left with nothing. So with the support of family, friends and the community all over they helped us in every way. Beds, accommodation, money, kids clothes, our clothes, demolition and so on. But most of all was a smile and a positive outlook for the future.
I would not of got through this unless I had my wife, my kids and my friends, family and community to help me through this. I always said I would give back. So here I am. There are going to be people who second guess City Slickers Appeal but the people that know me, know I wear my heart on my sleeve and would give my shirt of my own back for anyone or what ever they need to get them through it like I was given.
I work a 6 day a week job to support my family so this appeal is something I will be doing on the side with the help of Sally, Carly and many friends. If you would like to donate, donate. If you would like to come and donate your own gifts, do it. I want this. The more people that get involved the more people we can help. This is a 110% non profit appeal.
Not just bales of hay but water, food, clothes, a hug to these people. That’s all they want and that’s what I needed when I was down and out.
So if you want to come on our journey and help, please come.
Keep posted on  the City Slickers Appeal Facebook page.
And if you know someone who is doing it tough, let’s all help.
Just want to help others.
Thanks Wade