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Bermudian lauded for US lawn-cutting service

Helping out: Rodney Smith, left, and his partner Terrance Stroy with one the residents who has benefited from the pair’s lawn-cutting services

A Bermudian studying in the United States has been celebrated for his service to seniors.

Rodney Smith Jr set out last year to cut lawns for seniors and single mothers while studying at Alabama A & M University after spotting an elderly man struggling to cut his lawn.

He told USA Today that he originally set out to mow 40 lawns, but after reaching his goal in just six weeks, he decided to continue to 100.

Rather than stopping when he reached 100, Mr Smith partnered with Terrance Stroy and launched Raising Men Lawn Care Service, recruiting young people to join the cause.

He told the newspaper: “I want boys to follow in my footsteps and be better than me and give back.”

As news of his work began to spread, Mr Smith was inundated with offers of help. Lawn equipment, gas and maintenance help were all donated and a GoFundMe page intended to help raise funds drew the attention of Briggs and Stratton, the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor equipment.

Not only did the company highlight Mr Smith through its own You.Powered initiative, they donated lawn equipment including a mower designed to fold into the trunk of a car.