Well, the Five in Five charity dating challenge is well and truly over. For those who have been eagerly awaiting an update… I did not meet my future husband BUT I did raise a good wad of cash for a great cause AND I rediscovered my buried passion for writing.
Story #1: I completed Date #5 of the Five in Five Charity Dating Challenge!!
Story #2: The Queen Street Mall was evacuated as dozens of heavily-armed police took down a shirtless gunman.
Hard to believe isn’t it!? Date #5!!! … which means… It’s all done… or is it?… More on that breaking news headline later..
Last night I decided to treat myself to Grill’d (again). With only a few days until the end of the Five in Five dating challenge, I thought it would be a really good opportunity to try out my burger shop pick up line. But when I looked around at all the couples and 17 year olds, I decided to tuck that pick up line away for another day.
As I waited for my order I started to contemplate how on earth I was going to get out of doing a dance class with Potential Date #5! Fake a kidnapping?… Break a leg? I came to the conclusion that there was no getting out of it, and the only thing that needed getting out of was my comfort zone.
Friday night was Date #4. This was another completely ‘blind’ date and I think the set-up went something like this…
I told my colleagues that I needed some single eligible bachelors for my Five in Five charity dating challenge. One of those colleagues told her husband. That husband told his colleagues. One of those colleagues told her husband. That husband then told his colleagues. And one of those colleagues said, “That sounds like a job for me”.
On Thursday night, I headed to Victoria Park Golf Course for a game of Putt Putt with Date #2 (which was actually Date #3).
Fast forward a few months and here I am in the office, telling the girls I’ve signed up to do Five in Five - Five dates in five weeks with five different peo… I hadn’t even finished explaining it and my colleague Gai had already emailed Date #2 the details. He was in.
I’ve had ‘blogger’s block’…for 3 days now. I tried to tell myself that it didn’t matter what I wrote, as long as I wrote something. I then justified that by saying that no one reads this dating nonsense anyway. I checked the stats to back this up….
- 83 people checked out Date #3s shirt on the blog; and
- 90 people read about the crazy lady (me) going for her first Five in Five date.
- All of my dates thus far have mentioned that they read it.
So now the pressure is on to do Date #2 and Date #4 equal justice. Wish me luck…
We did it!! Thanks to the brilliant support of my friends, family, colleagues and a few anonymous donors, I have smashed my goal of raising $200 for charities that work to break the cycle of social disadvantage.