Leah Copeland and Halley James of Fall River along with their dads visited more than 25 homes in their Fall River neighbourhood, as well as a couple in Halifax, providing lawn aeration service. They were doing it to cover the costs with the N.S. Furies girls hockey team this Spring. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: Two young girls said they were motivated to provide a lawn aeration service during the May 12-13 weekend to local residents so they could pay for their own spring hockey.

Leah Copeland and Halley James along with their dads visited more than 25 homes in their Fall River neighbourhood, as well as a couple in Halifax. They were doing it to cover the costs with the N.S. Furies girls hockey team this Spring.

“We thought it would be a great idea, and it was,” said Copeland. “It turned out to be a great success.”

The Georges P. Vanier Junior High Grade 7 students said a lot of people showed interest in their initiative. The Furies are made up up of players from various areas and play/practice out of Halifax-area rinks.

“There were a lot who asked about what we were doing and asked us to aerate their lawns for them,” said Copeland.

“It was great that a lot of people wanted to support us,” added James.

Copeland said her and Halley play multiple sports, so to give their parents a bit of break they did it to cover the costs of playing their spring hockey themselves.

“It means a lot to us to earn our own money,” said Copeland.

“It was great to see the support.”

The girls did some of the work, while it was their dads who did the actual aerating of the lawns at the homes who paid for their service.

James and Copeland said they learned a lot about running their own business during the endeavour. They both thanked their dads and the customers who wanted their service for the support.

“We learned to work for ourselves, pay for our own things, and money isn’t easy to make,” James said.

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