It is truly rare for such a young man to comprehend a problem that oppresses millions, mainly women and children, living thousands of miles away on another continent – and doing something about it!
Princeton, NJ (PRWEB)
May 03, 2017
James Leitner is not unlike many young millennials today that develop a passion for a specific hobby or cause. However, not many go through monumental feats such as what Leitner plans to tackle. At 10 am on Wednesday, May 17th, the Scotch Plains, NJ native will be joined by family, friends, colleagues and other supporters from around the region to launch a 3200-mile trek from Princeton, NJ to San Francisco, CA, with 90 pounds of water in tow.
Through this journey, he wishes to symbolize the millions of women and children that have to walk carrying large cans of water for several miles on a daily basis. Leitner is also looking to raise at least $15,000 through http://www.GoFundMe.com/running314miles to help the Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance, a non-profit whose mission is to build wells in various regions of Tanzania where clean water is extremely scarce. The launch will take place at the WorldWater & Solar Technologies Inc. headquarters at 330 Carter Road in Princeton, NJ.
Leitner’s motivation began while he was doing research for a high school assignment. He discovered that billions of people around the world (including in parts of the US) did not have access to clean water for drinking, bathing and/or cooking. Since then, Leitner has made it his life’s mission to make others aware of this astounding statistic and to help reverse it. Now at 23 years old, Leitner just completed his goal of walking 12 marathons in 12 months, during which he carried 45 pounds (5 gallons) of water on his head. Just a few days after crossing the finish line of his twelfth…