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Ready for a HerCanberra fairytale?

Emma Grey

The last time I played match-maker it got totally out of hand and I ended up with two nieces. That was pre-social media and I had to rely on old-fashioned techniques like introducing my sister and her husband face-to-face. I’d been trying to think of a way of engineering them into the same room, and then she dropped in by chance while he was at our place for lunch with mutual friends.

She’d been cooking and needed a cup of sugar (yes, she did) and she appeared wearing the worst track pants she owned, with flour spilt all down her top.

Needless to say it was love at first sight for Paul…

Fast forward into this century and, encouraged by the fairytale of getting Harry Styles to pass on his bandana for my daughter’s best friend to wear while she went through chemo, I started a Six Degrees of Separation page on Facebook.

The intention was to create a community of strangers who make magical things happen together using the power of human connection. It’s how we managed to easily locate a person in Adelaide who could ship emergency aid to a remote Vanuatu island after Cyclone Pam.

And now, having used the ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ philosophy to reach the world’s biggest pop star and one of the world’s most remote communities, the time has come to turn our collective attention to romance…

Here’s the message from the Six Degrees of Separation page:


“One day, a couple is going to stand up and give a wedding speech that begins: “It all started with an anonymous post on Facebook…”

This is that post.

Do you want to help create a love story?

The man we’re searching for is single and looking for a lovely, smart, funny, fit and compassionate woman. She’s 40, currently lives and works in Canberra, doesn’t have kids (though it’s fine if he does) and she really enjoys her life. She’s independent and quietly confident and is surrounded by a network of people who love her.

Meanwhile, his friends can’t understand why he hasn’t met the right woman yet…

He’s intelligent, funny, caring, genuine, good and kind.

Maybe the reason these two haven’t yet crossed paths is that fate has left it to THIS MOMENT, when one of you sees this post, shares it with your friends and someone reads it and says, “That’s me…”

Over to you!

Just as an FYI, dibs on the movie rights to this story when it all unfolds… :-)

 Can you help?

This is a happy and very ‘together’ woman who I’ve known forever and your friend/brother/colleague is going to thank you for introducing him to her.

What do you think? Time for a HerCanberra fairytale?

If you think you’ve got the perfect bloke, email us at [email protected] and we’ll play Cupid!


Emma Grey

Emma Grey is the Canberra-based author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and ‘Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band’. She’s director of the life-balance consultancy, WorkLifeBliss and co-founder of a fresh approach to time-management, My 15 Minutes. She lives just over the ACT border with her two teen daughters and young son. More about the Author

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