A singer who slept outside during a talent competition to save on hotel costs was so inspired by the homeless men he befriended that he donated his grand prize winnings to a local shelter.
Christian Hudson, a 19-year-old from Airdrie, ultimately beat out 11 other top finalists to win the $10,000 top prize at the Calgary Stampede Talent Search in Alberta, Canada.
During the competition, Hudson spent the night outdoors in a sleeping bag by a river and made friends with the men he met there.
He decided before he won that he would donate the prize money.
“It was inspired right from the moment I met these people,” he told the Calgary Herald. “There was this one guy who seemed a totally normal guy and told me about his past. 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.”
In order to participate in the competition, the young man had to quit his job. He currently has no steady income at the moment, but still plans to donate the money to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Center, a nearby homeless shelter.
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