OK, maybe not THAT long, but it has been a few years, more than a few speed and internet dates and definitely a whole country ago since she was last in a relationship.

She’s embarking on the Five in Five dating challenge for charity, raising funds by going on five dates in five weeks to help fight poverty and homelessness back in Australia.

But Carlie’s also hoping this challenge helps her ditch the ‘dating fatigue’. Away from online profiles and hook up apps, maybe there’s more fun to be found dating the traditional way.

Carlie’s been living in London for eight months now. In July last year, she quit her job as a newsreader at Southern Cross Austereo to fulfil her dream of living abroad, and exploring new opportunities.

“It’s nice to be able to give back and feel like you’re making a difference while living overseas,” she says. “And I’m using my single status for something good, instead of just whining about being single.”

Carlie’s also pleased that Five In Five encourages single men and women to get out of their comfort zones.

“We’re told to find our dates the old fashioned way, through friends and colleagues instead of over apps and dating sites. It wasn’t until I started phoning these guys that I realised how rare it is to actually be asked out over a phone call. Most of the time we’re hiding behind online and text messages.”

Carlie’s first date is on Monday – and we’l be bringing you her report right here on TNT. We’ve got our fingers crossed for you, Carlie!

You can show your support by donating to Carlie’s campaign here. Funds raised go to not-for-profit organisations White Lion, Kids Under Cover and St Kilda Gatehouse – three Australian charities fighting poverty and homelessness.

Image courtesy of Birdman Foxglove Photography.