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Care Corner Singapore's Daniel Ong (in white) with Nike representatives Raena Cheong and Jordan Hanauer.
Ms Cheong, whose company does not yet have a regular local charity partner, says the speed dating model for networking works "because Singapore has so many charities". Through an app, she has been matchmade to three prospective partners and is set to spend 20 minutes with each of them. The "dates" were part of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)'s adaptation of technology-based speed dating, to help charities woo companies with workers keen to donate or volunteer.
Ms Anisa Hassan, managing director of It's Just Lunch Asia, which matchmakes professionals over a meal, says: "In the past, people who were married before might have felt that the best years are behind them.
Now, more divorced persons have come forward." In 2004, when the company started, 20 per cent of its clients were divorced or widowed.
Delaying marriage is reflective of most developed countries, says associate professor Paulin Straughan, a sociologist at National University of Singapore (NUS). I sometimes spend weekends with my elder brother and sister and their children.
A friend once said, 'you're content with the love you already have from your family.''' MS WEE LE FONG, 40 The main reason for delaying marriage is "competing life goals", she says, such as a prolonged period in formal education and career. In the Marriage and Parenthood Study 2012, a survey commissioned by the National Population and Talent Division, 83 per cent of single respondents indicated that they wanted to get married.
She adds: "When you're older, you're also more likely to know what you want and less likely to compromise." The median age for first-time grooms in Singapore rose from 29.1 years in 2003 to 30.2 years in 2013. If so many people want to put a ring on it, why is it not happening?
Older singles Life interviewed say the challenges they faced include ambivalent attitudes towards dating, dwindling social circles, a mismatch in expectations and a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Nike asked about its student care services as the company has sports expertise that may benefit the children.
Nike next met Care Corner Singapore and said it hopes not only to bring relevant skills to the table but also find ways to engage its employees in community outreach.
Now, 40 per cent are divorced and 10 per cent are widowed.
But attitudes are hard to change: There is still a lingering sense of embarrassment and conservativism about putting oneself out there, especially for older people in the dating pool here. Ms Yeo, for example, sees a marked contrast between men in Singapore and those from abroad.
Care Corner agreed, and gently tried sussing out if Nike is already seeing someone.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating