Agnes Mkhonza, Tumelo Ratlhago, Charles Simant and Duanne Manake (from right) ready to start getting to know each other at the Speed Dating night at Reith  Hall. Photo: Tanisha Heiberg

Agnes Mkhonza, Tumelo Ratlhago, Charles Simant and Duanne Manake (from right) ready to start getting to know each other at the Speed Dating night at Reith Hall. Photo: Tanisha Heiberg

Tanisha Heiberg

Reith Hall ladies residence held a Speed Dating Fundraiser for the One Million One Month campaign on Friday night.

“This year we saw the need to take the money to the SRC as we can see that our fellow students are suffering, so we just wanted to help…we also believe that charity begins at home,”

“This year we saw the need to take the money to the SRC as we can see that our fellow students are suffering, so we just wanted to help…we also believe that charity begins at home,” said the house committee’s entertainment officer, Mompumelelo Matsimane.

“Last year I had outstanding fees so I went to the SRC and they helped me … if we can also contribute to the SRC then they can come back and help us.” said Matsimane

The ladies were seated on one side and the gentlemen on the other. The couples then had three minutes to get to know each other before they moved on to the next potential candidate for their affections.

“While they were speaking to each other, they scored each other out of 10 in terms of appearance, personality and romance… whichever girl and guy got the highest score we gave prizes”, explained Matsimane

The students were supplied with refreshments to go with the romantic atmosphere, including strawberries and a chocolate fountain. The evening was met with enthusiasm and cheerful mood with many students hoping to meet that special someone.

Kamogelo Khatle, a BA Law student said “It seems like a very fun experience and I’m hoping to find someone…who makes me laugh, who asks different questions, who doesn’t talk about school or what I’m studying.”

But despite the candles and heart shaped balloons not all the students were there to find a potential partner, like Esselen Residence’s house committee member, Lerato Ramotshela who said he was there to support his sister res.

“Currently I’m not single, I’m here tonight for the ladies and gentlemen looking for love because I’m in love.”

The event was also meaningful for many of the students who were either themselves affected by funding or knew someone who was.

The event raised R3200 after participants donated more money to help their fellow students complete their education.

The speed dating event is an annual charity fundraiser which raises money through ticket sales.

tanisha@witsvuvuzela.com