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Hunt for a boyfriend leads to a soup kitchen

LISA HONEYBONE
Last updated 05:00 30/09/2010
Melina Schamroth
Photo: BEN WATSON

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Melina Schamroth encourages people to make a positive difference in their community and to the lives of those who need support.

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Melina Schamroth's hunt for a boyfriend led her to a soup kitchen where she met her match.

The former Northcote resident is the founder of m.a.d.woman, m.a.d being make a difference.

Melina now lives in Melbourne where she runs a number of programmes and events to connect people with each other and their communities, including single nights with a cause.

It all started when Melina was told she would meet her special someone doing what she loves.

Melina loves putting back into the community so three years ago she started a social experiment in a Melbourne soup kitchen, inviting singles to unite and help people in need.

The concept took off and she found her man in the process.

In one week Melina ran the Feed Melbourne and Feed Sydney Singles nights where she raised $27,000 and connected over 200 singles.

Melina says the events take the stigma out of being single and it's less intimidating because everyone is busy working while meeting new people.

"It's for people who care about their community and happen to be single."

Melina was back in town on September 21 for the launch of the Big Sleepout.

Organised by the Lifewise community centre, the October 14 event encourages people to sleep rough for one night and taste the reality facing Auckland's homeless.

She has taken part in similar events in Melbourne and Sydney where she has raised thousands for the homeless.

The Auckland Big Sleepout aims to raise at least $50,000 for the new Lifewise Hub, a service centre and community cafe for Auckland's homeless.

Visit www.bigsleepout.org.nz to sponsor someone to sleep rough for a night and help tackle homelessness in Auckland.

Visit www.mad woman.com.au for information on Melina.

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