A 70-year-old Australian widower whose online search for a fishing buddy tugged on the heartstrings of many has been successful in finding someone to go angling with him.
Ray Johnstone placed an online ad that read: “My name is Ray Johnstone. Australian. I’m a widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate. My previous mate is now deceased. What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with. I am willing to share all costs, e.g. petrol, bait, and should you happen to own a boat (I am) willing to pay all ramp fees, but happy if you are also a land-based fisherman. If you are interested, contact me to arrange a meeting to see if we could get along with each other.”
Since he posted the ad earlier this month, first on Facebook without any luck on then on Gumtree, the internet fell in love with it and it was viewed 80,000 times, spurring creation of the social media hashtag #I’llFishWithRay. The story has a happy ending, because Johnstone finally found someone local who wanted to go fishing with him.
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