WATERFORD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A journey that began for eight McQuaid Jesuit row team members on Saturday, June 18, ended seven days later when the young men rowed through their 34th lock and into the Hudson River, just north of Albany on Saturday. The McQuaid Jesuit crew team row 340 miles on the Erie Canal to raise money for the St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, a Catholic homeless shelter in Rochester.

Row for Hope team travels 340 miles for charity

The 10th Annual Row for Hope continues its mission to raise money for charities after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. McQuaid Jesuit’s central mission is to create men for others to help those less fortunate.

The Row For Hope crew has sacrificed a tremendous amount of time and energy to row the journey of a lifetime with their mission of giving without asking in return. The young men row for 10 hours and about 45 miles daily.

“The first day, we rowed 26 miles by lunch. That’s a marathon! We had to get back in the boat after lunch and do it again in the afternoon!” said 13-year-old, Cam Pizzo, who was part of the first Row for Hope in 2012.

A journey, equivalent to rowing from Boston to Washington, DC. The eight young men have chosen to forego a week of their summer vacation.

“The Row for Hope allows us to spread love and positivity to those who need it most while having fun along the way,” said 20-year-old, Jacob Penna. “This is what really brings people together, spreading love and having fun.”

In previous years, the group of young men has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the Outstanding Youth Fundraising Award. These rowers compete throughout the fall and spring in races that are either 6,000 or 2,000 meters long, significantly less, compared to what they rowed for this event.