Red Deer boy brings light to Sheldon Kennedy Advocacy Centre

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
December 8, 2017 - 4:54pm

A young Red Deer boy only in grade six has made a huge impact on children at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary.

Hudson Magill had never heard the word abuse until it came up in a conversation with his mother Christy earlier this year.

That chat prompted the Camille J. Lerouge student to do his own research and ultimately select the Advocacy Centre as his charity of choice. Over the summer, Hudson sold lemonade, homemade stress balls and raffle baskets to raise more than $400.

“I heard about what happens to kids and I thought it was really sad,” he said. “I learned the word abused, so I decided the money should go to the centre because I’d be helping quite a few kids.”

Hudson and his mom took a trip to Best Buy on Black Friday and used the cash to purchase a much needed gaming console for the centre. The store kicked in a free game to go with the Nintendo Switch when they heard of Hudson’s cause.

Christy, a counsellor and health teacher at Camille, said the experience was so special because it all came from her son’s own mind.

“I’m an educator and I decided he's at the age where abuse is something important for him to fully understand,” she said. “As we got talking, he had a ton of questions around it and could not believe kids were harmed in those types of ways.”

Hudson added he and his mom like to refer to what they call the kindness boomerang, meaning one person does something kind, and it passes on to others before making its way back to the original good doer.

"One person makes the light, hands it to someone else by being kind, they light up and keep handing it down and so many people get affected," he explains.

After purchasing the gaming system, Sheldon Kennedy caught wind of Hudson’s exploits and invited him and his family to the centre in Calgary where they met and Hudson presented his gift.

Hudson says in the future, he’d like to continue helping the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, especially when the new one is built in Red Deer a couple years from now.

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