Dating for charity, the old fashioned way

Calling all singles – Whitelion is challenging you to go on five dates in five weeks to help combat social disadvantage.

Five in Five is a campaign which encourages single people to pledge to go on five dates in five weeks, raising money for the urban poor in our community.

Whitelion, together with St Kilda Gatehouse, Concern Australia (LiveWires), Kids Under Cover and Manna will be the beneficiaries of the Five in Five Campaign, which runs from February 2 to March 8, 2013.

The challenge brings back the themes of old school dating. Before the internet people relied on face-to-face introductions and the good old art of talking to strangers. The beauty of the challenge is that it gives you an opening for conversation and it is made a bit easier because it’s for charity.

Those affected by social disadvantage often have insufficient resources and connections to meet basic needs. It often results in low income, having limited access to education and healthcare, and being marginalised out of mainstream society. This significantly restricts their ability to participate in the community that they live in.

One of the main issues for those caught in in the cycle of disadvantage is isolation and a lack of supportive networks.

Five in Five aims to raise funds to help break the cycle of disadvantage by creating opportunities, connections and hope.

You can register to participate in Five in Five at, so sign up for a good cause and have some fun!

To learn more about Whitelion and the positive work they do for young people at risk of social disadvantage visit