Lonely Widower Posted an Ad Seeking Somenone To Fish With and the Response Was Overwhelming
A Lonely Widower Posted an Ad Seeking Somenone to Fish With and the Response Was Overwhelming
Up until a couple of weeks ago, 75-year-old Ray Johnstone of Lewiston South, Australia, had no one to spend time with. Since his wife and best friend died, he's been on his own a lot.
"It gets a bit lonely just sitting around watching the TV a lot of the time," Johnstone .
So Johnston decided to see if he could find a friend to join him on one of his favorite hobbies: fishing. He told ABC that he tried posting on Facebook first, but nobody bit. Following a suggestion from his nurse, he tried posting an ad on Gumtree on January 19.
"My name is Ray Johnstone Australian," he wrote. "I'm a widowed pensioner who is Looking For A Fishing Mate My previous mate is now deceased. I am a Land Based Fisherman I have all the gear for all types of fish that is required for Land Based Fishing 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 EG PETROL BAIT AND SHOULD YOU HAPPEN TO OWN A BOAT WILLING TO PAY ALL RAMP FEES BUT HAPPY IF YOU ARE ALSO A LAND BASED FISHERMAN."
Perhaps it was his simple honesty, or perhaps it was the fact that he listed himself as "used" on the site (haha), but the post went wildly viral, and has been viewed over 82,000 times.
Now he's fielding calls from all over the world, along with loads of media requests.
"My phone has been going non-stop," he told The Advertiser.
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