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Scotch Plains Native Walks Across the U.S. for Clean Water

Walking Across the Country for Clean Water Credits: James Leitner

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native, James Leitner, will depart in a 3,215 mile walk across the country while pulling 90 lbs of water to raise awareness and funds for the 750 million people in the world who do not have access to clean water. There will be an official launch party at WorldWater & Solar Headquarters at 330 Carter Road, Princeton, NJ, on May 17 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. culminating in Leitner's taking his first steps in his incredible journey. 

In April, Leitner completed his one year commitment of running a marathon a month for a year while carrying 45 lbs. of water to raise awareness and funds for the Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance, a non-profit organization which repairs and installs wells in Tanzania. His walk across the country will continue to support this organization.

In Tanzania, many people, mostly women and children, have to walk 8-10 miles a day just to find unclean water for their families and communities. As a result, children cannot attend school, women cannot contribute to society in other ways, and disease is rampant. This is the harsh reality James hopes to display in his walk across the country, and the problem he has devoted his entire life towards resolving.

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