Ray Johnstone is a 75-year-old fisherman from Australia. He had his wife and best friend to enjoy fishing with up until they both passed away. So, he started feeling lonely and posted a heartbreaking message on Gumtree, asking for a new fishing partner. It has been viewed over 100000 times since then, and people from not just all over Australia, but from all over the world, started a hashtag #IllFishWithRay – so he definitely has some fishing buddies now. People, you’re awesome!
Among those who were touched by Ray’s story was Brisbane carpenter Mati Batsinilas. Mati was moved to tears by Mr. Johnstone’s plea and has offered him a two-day fishing trip off Stradbroke Island on a fishing boat. Ray has gladly accepted.
“That is the worst thing — I would not want to be in that position because we love fishing so much. I’m happy to pay for flights for him from SA to Brisbane, pick him up from the airport. This is just something where I feel like I can help and I do it with passion. I want him to have the best experience of his life.”