Local cupid, Kim Berger from the Goonellabah Tavern brightens the day of  Country Energy workers (from left) Ken Burns of Tabulam and Rick Baldwin of Casino.
Local cupid, Kim Berger from the Goonellabah Tavern brightens the day of Country Energy workers (from left) Ken Burns of Tabulam and Rick Baldwin of Casino. Jacklyn Wagner

Pub turns cupid with speed-dating event

SINGLE women, the male drought is over.

If you can't seem to find a decent single guy anywhere, you can find a smorgasbord of men at the Goonellabah Tavern tomorrow night.

You might even find Mr Right while helping to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The tavern's function manager, Kim Berger, is playing cupid for the Sex in the Country speed-dating event, and has plenty of eligible bachelors looking for love in Lismore.

"There is a big demand for singles in town, but it is hard to find other singles in Lismore," Ms Berger said.

"That's why speed-dating is so popular and successful."

The event will be 10 dates in one night, with dates rotating every seven minutes.

At the end of the night, if you are interested, Ms Berger can set you up on another date.

The beautiful blonde knows what it is like to be a single woman in Lismore, coming to her new home on the North Coast last year.

"I started doing speed-dating in Perth before I moved to Lismore, and I find people here really enjoy it," she said.

"I think people are a little intimidated by speed-dating as it is one-on-one, but it's easier than approaching someone when they are in a group of friends.

"And a lot of people think seven minutes is a long time, but it goes so fast when you get into it.

"What else are you going to do on a Friday night? Sit at home and watch Sex and the City with a packet of Tim Tams?

"Get off the couch and come out and have a good time. At the very least it will expand your social network."

Ms Berger said another benefit of speed-dating was that single, available men were there for the picking.

"If you go out to clubs or functions there might be a room full of men, but you never know what their situation is," she said. "At speed-dating at least you know everyone is on the market."

At her last speed-dating event Ms Berger had a 20 per cent success rate, with a couple of couples hooking up on the night.

Ms Berger said the night was also for a good cause, with proceeds raised donated to the rescue helicopter.

"The helicopter service is my favourite charity and so many people need them, so we decided to give something back," Ms Berger said.

Tickets cost $30, which includes beer and bubbles and light gourmet food.

The event starts at 7pm and is for people aged 25-39. Ms Berger holds other speed-dating events for different age groups, so if you would like to register, call her on 6625 1290. Bookings are essential.


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