FATE: Emma Wood and John Tischler met at the Beaut Blokes weekend last year.EMMA Wood of Donald went to Harrow’s Beaut Blokes weekend last year for fun and it changed her future.
Ms Wood, 31, met Bringalbert South farmer John Tischler 10 minutes into the weekend festivities for single men and women and now, a year later, they’re planning a life together.
Ms Wood is urging people to sign up for this year’s Beaut Blokes on August 10 to 12.
“Beaut Blokes changed my life,” she said. “When I got home from that weekend John and I spoke on the phone for about five hours straight and we talked for hours and hours every night for a few weeks.
“My first phone bill was massive so we changed our phone plans pretty quickly!”
Single men and women, aged from their 30s to their 50s, will converge on Harrow for the Beaut Blokes ‘In their Prime’ event, which includes a meet-and-greet function on Friday night, a black-tie gala ball on Saturday night, farm visits and a taste of country footy.
Harrow resident Ange Newton kick-started the concept in 2003, bringing together single men and women in a safe, fun environment while showcasing the best of country life.
The Beaut Blokes program is designed to improve the quality of life and social capacity for single men of all ages living in Australia’s rural, and often isolated, communities.
The concept, which has attracted city girls to country life, has spread interstate.
Event committee member Sara McDonnell said the Beaut Blokes weekends had triggered relationships, weddings and babies since its inception almost a decade ago.
“It’s also worked hard to address problems including loneliness, improve rural men’s health, help retain single men and women in rural areas and attract newcomers to a country life,” she said.
“Many of the women attending Beaut Blokes weekends are billeted with local families. That’s proved a wonderful way to give our guests, many of them city girls, a fantastic and welcoming country experience.”
Ms Wood and Mr Tischler, 31, believe the Beaut Blokes concept is great for rural communities.
She will move to Bringalbert South once her studies are finished early next year.
Ms Wood said her new partner was a true gentleman and that knowing him had made her a better person.
Mr Tischler said he was happy to have found a woman he described as wonderful and caring.
He urged people to embrace the event, saying it was all about fun and friendship.
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“I’m fortunate I still farm with my father but there are times when I’m at my own place and don’t see anyone for two days. Farming can be fairly isolating when you do work on your own so this sort of event is great, especially when it’s at your back door.”
Organisers said the event cost $260 and included accommodation, meals, activities and transport. People could visit www.beautblokes苏州美甲美睫培训.au for more information.
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