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Gumtree Widower Ray's Wish For A Fishing Buddy Comes Through

Image: Facebook/Mati Batsinilas

When Adelaide pensioner Ray Johnstone placed a classified on Gumtree looking for someone to go fishing with him, he never could have imagined the overwhelming response he would receive.

Heartstrings around the country were tugged hard as the widower explained in his online ad that his best mate who he used to go fishing with had passed away, and was even prepared to split the costs of hiring equipment for fishing trip.

After thousands of well wishers expressed their wish to spend some time dropping a line with the 75 year old, a 22 year old Brisbane based carpenter named Mati Batsinilas has taken Ray on the fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Mr Batsinilas generously paid for Mr Johnston’s flight and accommodation to head up north and take him on an expedition to North Stradbroke Island!

Ray reeled-in some fish including an 80cm mulloway on his two-day fishing trip to Queensland.

“It was a really good day,” he told The Courier Mail

“The highlight was being taken out fishing in the morning.”

Batsinilas heard of Ray's plight and wanted to make his wish come true.

“This has been more of an adventure than a trip for Ray.”

What an amazing end to a story that has captured the country's heart!

Courier Mail

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