Coffee Club has date with destiny

Sunshine Coast singles attend speed dating event to help set a new world record.
Sunshine Coast singles attend speed dating event to help set a new world record. Cade Mooney

SINGLES mingled at The Coffee Club in Coolum and Mooloolaba last night in a world record attempt.

More than 50 of the franchise outlets across Australia held simultaneous speed dates last night starting at 6.30pm.

They teamed up with online dating website RSVP with an aim of breaking the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Speed Dating Event Across Multiple Locations.

The current record stands at 1240 speed-daters, set in Sydney in 2008.

Last night they were hoping for 2000 people around the country to participate.

"We're doing our part - we had 67 people confirmed," The Coffee Club Coolum owner Mandy Poynton said.

"Unfortunately 40 of them were women, so there is a skew on the female side.

"We gave the ladies a chance to talk to men in the other age group as well. It was a bit difficult but we managed. Every person needed to talk to at least 20 others.

"We spoke to Guinness World Records and they said it was even okay for ladies to talk to some ladies, so hopefully some make some new friends."

RSVP spokeswoman Melanie Dudgeon said meeting for coffee was one of the most popular first date choices for single Australians.

"Grabbing a coffee together is a low pressure date environment - helping to calm some of those first date nerves while providing a relaxed setting for people to get to know one another," Ms Dudgeon said.

RSVP research shows that 41% of Australian adults are single.

The Coffee Club director John Lazarou said he was certain there had been thousands of dates held in their cafes over the years.

Topics:  coffee club, coolum, dating, dating website, mooloolaba, rsvp



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