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Lancer sprinter Esinam Ayesu-Attah hawks Goodfellow newspapers, Thursday on Wyandotte Street West.Lancer sprinter Esinam Ayesu-Attah hawks Goodfellow newspapers, Thursday on Wyandotte Street West.

Track athletes hit city streets for charity

It’s been a Windsor tradition since 1910, but Thursday marked a first for Esinam Ayesu-Attah. The third-year criminology student joined dozens of her teammates from Lancer track and field to sell newspapers in support of the annual Goodfellows campaign.

“Of course I volunteered,” said Ayesu-Attah, a sprinter originally from Vancouver. “I can volunteer two hours of my day to be out here before class.”

She staked out her spot on Wyandotte Street at its intersection with Campbell Avenue, and said many of the locals are more familiar with the charity than she was.

“A lot of people see the Goodfellows bag and have their donations ready. I have been making a decent amount of money,” she said. “It’s always good to give, especially this time of year.”

Sales of the publication, donated by the Windsor Star, raise funds for the charity to distribute food baskets during the holiday season, as well as year-round programs providing school breakfasts and footwear to children. Volunteers will continue the sale through the weekend across the city.