Joe Gelly and Eddie Alicea are making a pilgrimage that many only dream of.
From September 7th through the second week of October 2022, they will hike the French Way of The Camino de Santiago, an ancient religious pilgrimage walked by 350,000 people each year.
Their trek will begin at St. Jean de Port in France and end 484 miles later in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
In addition to their personal motivations, Joe and Eddie have decided to make their pilgrimage even more profound by taking this opportunity to raise funds for My Brother's Keeper.
Donations in honor of Joe and Eddie's pilgrimage will support the charity's Easton Building Project - major renovations which will strengthen the organization's ability to deliver furniture, food, and Christmas gifts free of charge to local families in need in Christ's name.
The Lynch Foundation will generously match every dollar raised!
Offline donations welcome. Please send mail to My Brother's Keeper, PO Box 338, Easton, MA 02356
Meet Joe (left) and Eddie (right) on a training hike.
The Camino French Way traditionally starts in St. Jean-Pied-De-Port in France, before traversing the Pyrenees and continuing through the La Rioja wine region and along the rolling hills of northern Spain, before finishing in Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James.
Joe & Eddie's pilgrimage begins in just 15 days - time to get packing! They are trying to keep the weight of each bag below 17lbs but still have a few more items to add.
Eddie is continuing to train for the upcoming hike! Keep up the good work!
Joe & Eddie arrived in France and went to pick up their Camino Pilgrim Passports. As they progress on their trek they will collect stamps from churches and townhalls along the way to document their progress.
The first stamp in their Camino Pilgrim Passport is St. Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Here is Joe as he takes his first steps on the Camino de Santiago. He just sent us this message, "We are one third of the way into day one, very difficult ascent, but with beautiful people!"
Eddie as he begins his pilgrimage! Buen Camino, Eddie!