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Lonely Man Posts An Ad Looking For Fishing Mate, The World Responds In A Heartwarming Way

His ad was straightforward and heartbreaking at the same time.

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Ray Johnstone loves fishing. This 75-year-old man from Australia used to enjoy the hobby with his wife and his best friend but unfortunately, both have already passed away. He’s been sad about it but despite that, he decided to go out and fish once more. “It gets a bit lonely just sitting around watching the TV a lot of the time,” he admits.

He, however, didn’t want to go fishing alone so he thought of looking for a fishing buddy by posting an ad on Gumtree.

With his wife and best friend gone, Ray Johnstone had no one else to share his love for fishing. So he posted an ad on Gumtree.

Ray’s ad turned out to be very straightforward and touching at the same time that it immediately caught the attention of the internet. On the seller’s description, he described himself as a “widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate” because his “previous fishing mate is now deceased.” He also specified that he has “all the gear for all types of fish.” He even said that he is willing to share his bait and equipment, pay for the gas and ramp fees in case they owned a boat.

Netizens were heartbroken for his sincere desire for a friend and also for the fact that he listed himself as ‘used.’

The ad has since been viewed by thousands of people and everyone just started reaching out to Ray.

The hashtag #IllFishWithRay became popular almost overnight.

Aside from local invitations, netizens from all over the world also invited Ray to join them on their fishing trips.

Even non-fishers sent messages of love and support.

Meanwhile, others offered him with brand new fishing gear for free, along with all-expenses-paid vacations and exclusive trips on fishing charters.

Mati Batsinilas, a carpenter from Brisband, admitted Ray’s ad moved him to tears. So he decided to offer him a 2-day fishing trip off Stradbroke Island on a fishing boat – and, of course, Ray happily said ‘yes’.

“That is the worst thing,” Mati said. “I would not want to be in that position because we love fishing so much. I’m happy to pay for flights for him from SA to Brisbane, pick him up from the airport. This is just something where I feel like I can help and I do it with passion. I want him to have the best experience of his life.”

Needless to say, Ray is overjoyed and overwhelmed with all the response to his ad.

It is indeed heartwarming to know that, yes, there are still a lot of good people out there in the world today. For those interested to get in touch with Ray, his Gumtree ad is still up!

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Babysitter Donates Her Liver to The Baby Girl She Was Taking Care Of

This wonderful and selfless lady just saved the baby’s life.

The world never runs out of good people. Everywhere we go, there are people who are willing to go out of their way to help those who are in dire need of assistance, sometimes, even if they have to put their lives on the line.

Take for example this babysitter who, without hesitation, donated part of her liver to the baby she was taking care of.

Kiersten Miles, a 22-year-old nanny from New Jersey, USA, had been babysitting 16-month-old Talia Rosko for only three weeks when she learned that the poor kid was suffering from biliary atresia, a potentially fatal liver disease. Talia's central bile duct was not functioning properly, causing bile to accumulate in her liver. In effect, the baby became jaundiced and as the doctors have explained, she only has months to live if she will not receive proper treatment.

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Daughter Writes a Heartbreaking Letter to Her Cheating Mother

Her mom cheated on her dad when she was 12…

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There is no such thing as a marriage that never experienced some rough times. Every marriage has its ups and downs. Even in the best of circumstances, there are going to be difficult times. People change. Circumstances change. Emotions change.

I grew up in a pretty normal family. My parents, who are married for more than 30 years now, had arguments and misunderstandings. But they never had any issues in their marriage that involved a third party. Sure, there were instances of jealousy but most of it are in a playful manner as far as I can remember.

I can only imagine how difficult it is for a child to grow up with parents that suffers from marital issues such as cheating and infidelity. That's why I was moved to tears upon reading this anonymous letter. A 22-year-old woman wrote the letter for her mother, whom she knew had cheated on her father when she was just 12 years old. The woman also confessed the devastating effects of her mom's infidelity on her life - especially now.

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This Canadian City Solved Its Homeless Problem in Only Seven Years!

Their inspiring story didn’t even involve kicking vagrants out of town.

Homelessness is a global problem. To illustrate, a United Nations survey back in 2005 tells us it was estimated that over 100 million people were homeless all over the world. Ten years later, that amount has increased, escalated by the refugee crisis in the Middle East, as well as in other parts of the world.

One small city in Canada, however, is doing its share to help end this situation by starting in its own backyard.

Medicine Hat, Alberta used to have a problem with homelessness.

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