Sin­gles look­ing to min­gle more

Alpine Observer - - New Arrivals - By TATE SPI­TERI

A SIN­GLE Myrtle­ford woman is hop­ing to get un­at­tached peo­ple out and about and so­cial­is­ing more.

Af­ter too many days sit­ting at home on her own Sh­eryl Jor­gensen has re­cently started a sin­gles friend­ship group for men and women in the Ovens Val­ley.

The aim of the group is to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for sin­gle, un­mar­ried and un­at­tached over 50 year olds to meet up on a reg­u­lar ba­sis at al­ter­nat­ing venues for dinner, coffee, a bar­be­cue or a few drinks.

Ms Jor­gensen has lived in Myrtle­ford for four years but is of­ten on the road, trav­el­ling back and forth to Gee­long be­cause of a sick grand­daugh­ter, some­thing she says has made it dif­fi­cult to meet peo­ple.

“I’m try­ing to drag peo­ple out of their house and their four walls,” she said.

“I’m usu­ally the one hid­ing ev­ery­where; this is very brave of me to do this.”

Ms Jor­gensen hopes her courage to step out­side her com­fort zone will inspire other lo­cals in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to her, to do the same thing.

“Men maybe aren’t as brave as women to come out and do things like this but I’m hop­ing they will,” she said.

“I know there’s a lot of sin­gle women my age plus in Myrtle­ford.”

Ms Jor­gensen said the group is not solely for prospec­tive relationships but in­stead just to get peo­ple out so­cial­is­ing and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany.

“But if some­thing hap­pens, it hap­pens,” she said.

“I just want more peo­ple to have the op­por­tu­nity for some ex­cite­ment in their life.”

The plan is for meet­ings to be held ev­ery fort­night.

“If two peo­ple meet and con­nect we want them to be able to see each other again,” she ex­plained.

“A lot of peo­ple my age aren’t as bold; they might re­ally con­nect with some­one but then go back and hide at home.

“We want these peo­ple see­ing each other ev­ery cou­ple of weeks not just once a month or so.”

The group’s next meet­ing will be at the River Deck Café in Bright on Saturday, March 17 at 3.30pm.

For more information call Sher­ryl on 5755 1752.

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