EDITORIAL: Ray, we’re hooked

WITH so much of today’s news focusing on the negatives in the world, it was wonderful to read the uplifting story of Ray Johnstone.

Mr Johnstone, a widower, in a moment of loneliness following the death of his close fishing mate, reached out for support, not knowing what kind of reaction would follow.

Well, the community’s response was overwhelming.

From being offered fishing charters, to plane flights, to television appearances, it’s safe to say Mr Johnstone will be kept busy, and have ample company, for a long while yet – and so he should.

Remarkably, it was a simple Gumtree ad that, effectively, changed one man’s life for the good.

While social media is often criticised as being a negative thorn in society’s side, Mr Johnstone’s story is a reminder of how powerful it can be when used with good intentions.

So, to Ray and his new mates – happy fishing!

Grady Hudd


Growing up in Bordertown in the South East, Grady Hudd moved to Adelaide and completed a Bachelor in Journalism before starting his first industry job at the Kaniva Times and Nhill Free Press in Western Victoria at the end of 2012. He moved to Gawler in May 2014 to start work at the Bunyip. Grady has keen interests in footy and cricket, as well as a passion for music and guitar.

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