Teenage singer Christian Hudson recently won $10,000 after taking top prize at the Stampede Talent Search, a singing contest that featured nearly a dozen different artists from various different places. Instead of keeping the money for himself, Hudson decided to donate that money to the homeless, even though he truly did need the money.
Before winning the contest, Hudson actually quit his job so he could make the trip to the competition. While in town he had nowhere to stay, and ended up sleeping out in the woods, and meeting a number of homeless people while walking the streets.
His encounter inspired him to donate the prize money to the homeless if he ended up winning.
“I wish I could claim it was spontaneous. It was in the back of my mind, the hope I would win. It was inspired right from the moment I met these people. There was this one guy . . . who seemed a totally normal guy and told me about his past. And if what he told me about his past was true, then the things that were surrounding him never happened to him he’d be just like me. He’d be a regular guy who could work a regular job,” Hudson said.
Talent Search Committee chair Andrew Bunka told the Calgary Herald that, “It’s a true testament to the type of individuals we have participating in our competition. What Christian did tonight shows his generosity and where his values are. I have absolutely no doubt he’s going to take his craft to the next level and make it someday and this will all be something he can look back on and be very proud of.”
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war.
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