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James Leitner of Scotch Plains to Discuss His Walk Across America to Promote Clean Water

James Leitner, founder of MissionCleanWater Credits: MissionCleanWater
Credits: MissionCleanWater
Credits: MissionCleanWater

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's The Coffee Box will host a talk with MissionCleanWater founder James Leitner of Scotch Plains. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Leitner will discuss water, health, and adventure and share his story of walking across North America from May 17 to Oct. 6 while pulling almost 90 pounds of water. 

Leitner's MissionCleanWater is an organization working to provide clean water and sanitation to remote communities. His 3,250 mile walk from Princeton to San Francisco while pulling 10 gallons of water took him over mountains, and through deserts and plains, to raise funds for projects that include repairing water infrastructure and training communities on well maintenance in Tanzania. Leitner also completed a marathon a month for a year while carrying five gallons of water before leaving for his trip.

The talk will cover how water can benefit a community. His work has provided over 5,000 people with clean water, and he plans to help many more.

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The Coffee Box (1359 South Ave., Plainfield) will showcase Intelligentsia’s Kunga Maitu Kenya coffee which won the “Best in Inventory” competition. It is a direct trade coffee with huge flavors of candied grapefruit, chamomile and clove.

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