Want to meet a sober bloke? Tonight might be the night
IS the Sunshine Coast suffering a man drought? Or are is it good women that are in short supply?
Either way, it seems these parallel worlds are struggling to collide.
Local builder, Adam, says he is looking hard to find a good woman, with little luck so far.
"I don't know if it's just me, or my perception, but the Sunshine Coast seems to be full of families and retirees and not much in between," the 41-year-old said.
His dilemma is in contrast to the regular reports from women who claim they it's a struggle to find good eligible men locally.
To address the issue, three speed-dating events were planned on the Sunshine Coast for Valentine's Day, but two have been cancelled due to lack of male registrations.
The last remaining event - organised by the Precious Children's Foundation to raise money for victims of the Philippines typhoon - also has struggled to find eligible men, but now have good numbers.
"I can't put my finger on it. Maybe they're shy. It can't be the money," organiser Dolly Alexander said.
"I think women are more open to finding love, where men are a little more, like, 'Ah, well, it'll come'."
Adam is considering attending the event.
"I'm not a particularly unattractive fellow - I do all right," he said with a laugh.
"I don't know where they (women) are, whether they're all hiding together.
"II don't know, t's got me buggered."
Debbie Clayton, of the Beautiful You cancer charity, which cancelled its event due to no zero male registrations, believed a speed-dating event on Valentine's Day was too daunting for men.
"I just think the may feel out of their comfort zone, whereas women are more up front," she said.
"I don't know where the men are.
"Maybe they are throwing themselves into their work."
Mrs Alexander suggested speed dating events were ideal for meeting prospective partners: attendees are available and actively searching, it's a controlled environment, and attendees are sober.
"Everyone gets lonely, but I think that men don't want to own up to it," she said.
"Just because you need help, it doesn't mean you're any less of a man."
The Precious Children's Foundation speed-dating event is on this Friday, Valentine's Day, February 14, at One on Bulcock, Caloundra, from 6.30pm.
Participants must be aged in their 30s and 40s. Cost is $60.
To receive a registration form, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org