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Aussie Angler's reponse to lonely old fisherman.

Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:06 am


AUSTRALIA’S anglers have opened their hearts, tackle boxes and wallets to South Australian lonely pensioner Ray Johnstone — who posted an endearing ad on Gumtree, looking for a friend to go fishing.

In the past 24 hours Mr Johnstone’s phone has been ringing off the hook, inundated with offers from South Australians and anglers nationwide to take him fishing.

The 75-year-old widower said he felt overwhelmed by the generosity.

“It’s a true Aussie story isn’t it,” he said. “I expected about three or four replies from the ad I put on.”

Mr Johnstone has now been offered new fishing gear, and trips on charter boats.

“I’ve had offers from a charter at Marion Bay offering to take me and my grandson out on a fishing trip,” he said.

“I just had a phone call from a fishing charter boat in Queensland, offering to fly me up there ... and there’s a group in Sydney trying to raise money and fly me to Sydney, put me up in accommodation, and get me on a fishing charter over there.”

Mr Johnstone said the outpouring of support from across Australia had been fantastic.

“I really appreciate what everyone has been trying to do,” Mr Johnstone said.

His ad now has almost 90,000 views after his search for a friend went viral.

Mr Johnstone turned to the online classifieds site, capturing the hearts of anglers across the nation, after his former fishing mate was tragically killed in a car accident a few years ago.

“What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with,” Mr Johnstone wrote.

“I am willing to share all costs, eg 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.”

http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/lonely-sa-fisherman-ray-johnstone-overwhelmed-by-response-to-his-gumtree-ad-for-friend/news-story/91aca0667e24e0c63c486af55a0acac0

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Post by Syl on Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:34 pm

That's a really heart warming story.
I think it proves that there are so many lovely generous people around. x

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Post by HoratioTarr on Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:39 pm

Syl wrote:That's a really heart warming story.
I think it proves that there are so many lovely generous people around. x

There are more good people than bad in the world. Sometimes, you just have reach out a bit.
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Post by Syl on Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:49 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:
Syl wrote:That's a really heart warming story.
I think it proves that there are so many lovely generous people around. x

There are more good people than bad in the world.  Sometimes, you just have reach out a bit.

I couldn't agree more. x

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Post by nicko on Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:06 pm

He could take Veya with him, he'd make a great Anchor.
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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:04 pm

nicko wrote:He could take Veya with him,   he'd make a great Anchor.

tell us all again how you never start it? Suspect Suspect Suspect

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Post by Miffs2 on Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:08 pm

veya_victaous wrote:
nicko wrote:He could take Veya with him,   he'd make a great Anchor.

tell us all again how you never start it? Suspect Suspect Suspect

Nonsense. Nicko was just giving an example of rhyming slang
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Post by nicko on Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:57 am

Sense of humour loss Veya?
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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:10 am

nicko wrote:Sense of humour loss Veya?

yes i dropped between a 'coffee scroll' and 'Westpac banker' Suspect Suspect

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