Cupid breaks records

2011-02-15 16:20

Do you believe in love at first sight? If not, you missed a golden opportunity to become a believer when over 400 lovebirds converged at Clapham Gold in Fourways, Johannesburg, last night in an attempt to set the world speed-dating record.

The event, termed “Love Sucks”, is an annual 5fm event aimed at providing “an alternative for people who are single or who want to do something different on Valentine’s Day”.

The organisers’ goal was to break the existing world speed-dating record of 414 people speed dating in one go.

Justine Cullinan, 5fm marketing manager, says over 448 speed-daters took part in Johannesburg while another 432 participated in the Cape Town leg of the event.

“We are now awaiting confirmation for the achievement to be made official by Guinness (World Records),” she said today.

Each participant had 20 chances of meeting a soulmate and all this had to happen in 3-minute sessions.

Although a bit shy at first, City Press intern Lerato Sejake was one of the participants.

“I have never done this before and am a bit nervous,” she said.

Richard Hammond (21) enjoyed himself but had reservation about picking a specific day for love.

“I think it is unnecessary to put a label on a day. If you love someone you should pick just any day to celebrate your love, whether it be your birthday or anniversary, just any other day,” he said.

Simney Mashinini, (24) said although Valentine’s Day was too commercialised for her liking, it served as a great reminder for lovers to show their affection to one another.

“It’s mostly commercial but some people need to be reminded. It’s a good reminder,” she said.

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