A single man bagged thousands of Valentine’s date offers after advertising himself on a billboard.
Mark Rofe, 30, plastered himself on a Manchester billboard after becoming fed up with online dating and seeing all his friends get married, and he has since had more than 2,000 applications – claiming one had even come from Maya Jama.
The dating apps weren't working, so I bought a billboard and set up a website to stand out and try get a date.
— Joe Lycett (@iamrofe) January 31, 2020
Announcing the news on Twitter, he wrote: “It feels odd sharing my love life, but since people keep asking. I do have my first date arranged for Valentine’s Day.
It feels odd sharing my love life, but since people keep asking.
I do have my first date arranged for Valentines day.
I thought the best approach would be to break it down and go through the applications bit by bit, and I've started with the first 100 so far.
— Joe Lycett (@iamrofe) February 13, 2020
Mark decided to close the applications after 2,363 people signed up.
He posted on his website: “This was never about how many people I could get to apply to date me, so I’ve decided to close applications because I am confident that the person for me is among those that have already applied (and I WILL find you).”
The great response online spurred Mark to set up a fundraiser. He wrote on Twitter, ” Alongside the billboard launch, I also set up a fundraiser on @justgiving so I could use the funds to buy more billboard advertising around the UK.” The public donated, and collectively £153 was raised. Mark topped this up to bring the total amount donated to cancer research to £200.
Would you be brave enough to put up a billboard to land a date?