Fryer earning her own way to Sweden

 

By Joel Charron

 

Erica Fryer is earning her way to Sweden on and off the ice.

Fryer, 12, who was selected to play goal for the prestigious West Coast Selects (WCS) hockey team has been busy trying to raise funds to help pay for her trip to Sweden to take part in the 10-day tournament.

The cost of the trip  is roughly $5,000.

To raise funds, Fryer has visited local businesses asking the businesses to purchase various sponsorship packages that help curtail the cost of the trip.

When the young goaltender visited Room by Room Flooring (who also sponsored Fryer last year), owner Melissa Sinasac offered her an interesting proposal.

Along with purchasing a sponsorship package, Sinasac asked Fryer if she would be interested in selling NHL jersey mats and skate mats with a portion of the proceeds being given to Fryer.

“We wanted to help her out as much as we can while at the same time teaching her a little bit about sales and how to market yourself,” said Sinasac.

Sinasac said she had offered the same type of proposal to other children with no takers, however when she explained it to Fryer, she jumped at the chance.

“She thought it was a great idea,” said Sinasac.

 

Erica Fryer (left) along with family friend Daniel Duronio (middle) and Room By Room owner Melissa Sinasac (right) hold up the NHL jersey mats Fryer has been selling to help raise money to pay for her trip to Sweden.

Erica Fryer (left) along with family friend Daniel Duronio (middle) and Room By Room owner Melissa Sinasac (right) hold up the NHL jersey mats Fryer has been selling to help raise money to pay for her trip to Sweden.

Fryer is still asking businesses for sponsorship packages, however, selling the mats and rugs has given her a sense of responsibility.

“This is something that I’m really working hard at,’ said Fryer. “I’m really hoping I can sell enough rugs to pay off the trip on my own.”

So far Fryer said she has sold roughly 20 jersey rugs and skate mats.

The NHL jersey mats are being sold for $60 and the skate mats for $35 or a combination of the two for $80.

Fryer’s father Rick said he’s very proud of his daughter for taking on such a project.

“This is a good lesson for her to learn that money doesn’t come easy. You have to work for what you want, not only on the ice but off it as well,” said Rick.

Rick noted that selling the rugs on her own is a good “character builder” for the 12-year-old.

“We’re not just going door-to-door asking for money she is actually trying to raise the money and the help from Room By Room has been fantastic,” he said.

Anyone wishing to purchase a jersey rug or skate mat can call Room by Room at 519-736-1001 or call Fryer at 519-736-6160.

Fryer and the WCS leave for Sweden April 16.

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