Cheers to ro­mance

SPEED dat­ing for sin­gles in search of ro­mance is tak­ing off in the Hills. Or­gan­is­ers Ni­cole Ai­ray and Yvonne Fletcher said they had no idea their first event for sin­gles, aged 32 to 49, would be a hit.

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SPEED-dat­ing for sin­gle peo­ple in search of ro­mance is tak­ing off in the Hills af­ter a pi­lot event in­di­cated face-to-face meet­ings are where friend­ships are born.

NY Event or­gan­is­ers Ni­cole Ai­ray and Yvonne Fletcher said they had no idea their first event for sin­gles aged 32 to 49 would be a hit.

“The first event at the Best Drop Tav­ern last month was a huge suc­cess as it forged many new friend­ships, an ideal we want to pro­mote,” Ms Ai­ray said.

They say many peo­ple are un­com­fort­able with the idea of in­ter­net dat­ing and pre­fer to meet in per­son for com­pan­ion­ship and in some cases, ul­ti­mately love.

“We strongly be­lieve peo­ple are feel­ing a lack of per­sonal con­nec­tion and we want to as­sist by pro­vid­ing a bridge to friend­ships,” Ms Fletcher said.

“If some­one likes a per­son, we en­cour­age them to tick ‘yes’ on the se­cret bal­lot sheet to con­tinue the con­ver­sa­tion… there is noth­ing to lose and po­ten­tially a friend to gain.

“We find many peo­ple stay on to chat af­ter the event fin­ishes, ir­re­spec­tive of who they match with.”

“At the end of the event, bal­lot sheets are re­viewed and only ‘matches’ are in­formed of their suc­cess­ful pair­ing, with con­tact de­tails emailed to fol­low up,” Ms Ai­ray said.

The women met at Spring Road Kinder­garten last year when their chil­dren at­tended.

The match­mak­ers spot­ted a need for sin­gle, sep­a­rated and di­vorced peo­ple to make new friends close to home, and to­gether they launched Perth Hills Speed Dat­ing.

The women are plan­ning a myr­iad of sin­gle meet-ups for peo­ple in the Hills and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Events will be held monthly in the up­stairs func­tion room at The Best Drop in Kala­munda for dif­fer­ent age de­mo­graph­ics and in­ter­ests.

An over-60s af­ter­noon tea will be hosted at El­e­vated Grounds Cof­fee­house from 2pm on Sun­day, Au­gust 27.

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Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d472079

Yvonne Fletcher and Ni­cole Ai­ray pre­pare for a speed dat­ing night in the Hills.

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