After his fishing buddy passed away, 75-year-old widower Ray Johnstone of Lewiston, Australia posted a classified ad that broke hearts all over the Internet.
Johnstone just wanted someone to go fishing with and offered to split costs with anyone who owns a boat. His ad read,
I am a Land Based Fisherman I have all the gear for all types of fish that is required for Land Based Fishing [sic] what I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with.
His ad got over 60,000 views, and he had offers from people around the world.
A 22-year-old man named Mati Batsinilas offered to take Johnstone on an all-expense-paid, deep sea fishing getaway. Batsinilas said, “I offered him a holiday away — and not just for fishing, but to get away and relax.”
The trip sounds like it was a huge success. Batsinilas said, “The weather gods have been on our side, which is cool.” He added, “The feedback has been unreal and the support from everyone has been phenomenal.”
It just goes to show you, in order to get what you want, sometimes all you’ve got to do is ask.