In 2017, Ray Johnstone, a widower from South Australia, put an ad on Gumtree hoping to find someone to go fishing with – his fishing mate had passed away. The heartbreaking ad went viral and Ray was inundated with offers, eventually heading to Queensland for a fishing trip with 22-year-old Mati Batsinilas. This inspired social impact strategists, spur:org, to launch a campaign to generate one million volunteer hours to help reduce social isolation. In turn, Anglicare Southern Queensland launched the #OLDMATE campaign, smashing stereotypes about getting older and encouraging 18-35 year olds to volunteer and engage with people over 65 for at least one hour a month. As well as…

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