Ray Johnstone’s Gumtree ad will rip your heart out

Publish Date
Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 7:41AM

Vaughan's back at it again with the heartbreaking stories. Here's the story of Ryan Johnstone:

He posted on Gumtree - a website for classified ads - and his ad will break your heart.

Don't worry - the story has a happy ending...

Gumtree is often riddled with overpriced apartments and broken bookcases but Johnstone's ad is so pure, it has broken hearts around the world.


Ray explains that he’s a widowed pensioner from Lewiston, in Adelaide’s north. He’s also a keen land-based fisherman who is looking for a mate to keep him company and split costs with.

“My name is Ray Johnstone. Australian. I’m a widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate. My previous mate is now deceased.” How’s your heart doing so far?

“What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with.” Still good?

“I am willing to share all costs, e.g. 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.” Is your heart in your throat yet?

“If you are interested contact me to arrange a meeting to see if we could get along with each other.” HAS YOUR HEART EXPLODED!?

The worst part of all? Under “Condition”, he’s elected the term “Used”.

Just let that sink in.


After his ad went viral, Ray revealed that he has found a fishing buddy!! He’s a local, he said, who he plans to meet this week.