How to date 26 women in 26 weeks and not break hearts

Friends (from left) Chelsie Steinohrt, Rosie Kent and Rachel Watt are not the only women Mark Cecil will have to impress.
Friends (from left) Chelsie Steinohrt, Rosie Kent and Rachel Watt are not the only women Mark Cecil will have to impress. Nev Madsen

TOOWOOMBA bachelor Mark Cecil has 26 roses to hand out in 26 weeks but he's not out to break hearts.

The 30-year-old financial advisor is two dates into his "date challenge for cancer" and has already raised more than $800 for Cancer Council Queensland.

"The fundraiser is fun, different and light-hearted," he said.

"I didn't really think of it as courageous but my friends have said to me you're really brave."

The dating challenge was born after Mr Cecil, or Cess, had a heated discussion with a good female married friend based on a difference of opinions about compatibility.

"The argument went back and forth for some time before she finally said to me, 'fine, do it your way for six months and date anyone. Then if it doesn't work I challenge you to try it my way'."

After the debate Mr Cecil said he didn't just want to date for the sake of it and decided to support a cause close to his heart.

"Late last year a very dear friend of ours was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She's now clear but I always wished I could do more," Mr Cecil said.

That friend was Rosie Kent who fought back tears as she talked about how much Mr Cecil's initiative meant to her.

"If he's still single by the end of it, at least he's had some life experience," Ms Kent said.

After each date the brave bachelor will blog about the challenge and the inevitable dilemmas of dating that many women.

DATE CHALLENGE FOR CANCER


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