Published November 8, 2012
Youth in Mission, a charity established by Marietta native Pip Arnold from season two of NBC’s “The Voice,” will award a local Catholic teen or young adult funds to support their mission trip.
Arnold will be giving the award at a private event at his home parish, St. Joseph Church in Marietta, on Dec. 18. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be in attendance as well as the youth minister or young adult director from the church where the recipient is a member.
Applications were sent out to several local churches hosting mission trips and will be reviewed before Arnold makes a decision on who will be chosen. Youth in Mission will award the funds to a commendable local teen or young adult. The deadline for applications is Nov. 10.
Youth in Mission raises money by selling wristbands. On the wristband is the symbol of the New Zealand silver fern, which Arnold wears in remembrance of Stewart Hay, Arnold’s late mentor.
Hay, a native of New Zealand, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and lost his life to cancer last year, according to Arnold’s website. During high school Stewart served as Arnold’s mentor and “a brilliant example of a successful businessman who sought time to see the needy in the world and do something about it.”
Arnold notes that Hay instituted several missions at his church, devoting time to mission work around the world.
“He didn’t just write a check, he got involved and got us teens involved, too,” Arnold wrote on his website. “His son (my best friend, Cameron) and I served on some of these mission trips learning how to help others in times of need. Stewart showed me the importance of getting people involved in what is needed. He became the example I follow to this day because of my own interest and involvement in youth mission work.”
The family of Stewart Hay will also attend the December event.