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Prayer vigil open to all, but bring your wet gear just in case

A selection of Reedy Bikers and other members of the Reedy Creek Baptist Church are heading to a prayer vigil at the Tenterfield Presbyterian Church armed with stock feed, hampers and hopes for rain.
A selection of Reedy Bikers and other members of the Reedy Creek Baptist Church are heading to a prayer vigil at the Tenterfield Presbyterian Church armed with stock feed, hampers and hopes for rain.

Members of the Reedy Creek Baptist Church are making their way up to Tenterfield from the Gold Coast by bike and car this Saturday (fires permitting), to give drought-affected farmers a boost with livestock feed, grocery hampers and, hopefully, rain.

Organiser Chris Wiseman is mates with Tenterfield Presbyterian Church's Jamie Gibbins. He and some fellow riders of the Reedy Bikers are keen to demonstrate their support, and they've been joined by several carloads to number around 20 people in total.

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His church's Let's Get Together group is donating $2000 in proceeds from its recent bush relief fundraiser, and the total is climbing as more donations come in when people find out where the money is going.

Mr Wiseman hopes to have $4000 by the weekend to invest in bags of cattle nuts sourced from a Tenterfield produce store. These will be distributed at a prayer vigil happening at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening, following a free barbecue at 6pm.

Another section of the Gold Coast church, Reedy Care, also does Christmas hampers but its members are sending along around 20 special hampers for local families.

Mayor Peter Petty will officially start the vigil at 7pm, when he will be presented with a letter of support from his Gold Coast counterpart Tom Tate.

The group is bringing along its own pastor to lead prayers, and there will be some music and possibly a talk around the town centre with the prayers for rain continuing until midnight.

"We're calling it Operation Rain Cloud, and we believe we'll be successful," Mr Wiseman said.

"If it happens we'll be jumping for joy, but anyway we hope it will boost morale."

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