The widower’s heartbreaking plea went viral last month and thousands of legends wanted to take up Mr Johnstone’s offer and take him on a fishing trip.
One of those people was 22-year-old Mati Batsinilas, from Brisbane.
“I commented on Facebook news article just saying ‘Hey mate, you’ve probably found your fishing buddy and you probably don’t need me. But if you see this message I’m more than happy to take you on a trip to Queensland’,” Mr Batsinilas told
“I went to sleep that night thinking nothing of it, then I woke up the next morning and my comment had 1000 likes and I had 200 messages from people saying ‘Take him on a fishing trip’, so I did.”
Local newspaper The Courier Mail put the pair in contact and Mr Batsinilas paid for Mr Johnstone’s flight up to Brisbane from Adelaide. Along with Mr Batsinilas’ younger brother an a couple of news …