DOC HENDLEY: EX-BARTENDER SERVES UP CLEAN WATER
January 18, 2013
Doc Hendley, an ex-bartender with a vision of bringing clean water to developing nations around the world, made his vision a reality in 2004 when…
Founder and President of Wine To Water, Global Humanitarian, Clean Water Crusader, Top 10 CNN Hero
Doc Hendley is the Founder and International President of Wine To Water. Doc first envisioned the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs in North Carolina. With the money raised, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan in 2004 and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide.
Doc was selected as a CNN Hero in 2009 and Wine To Water has since worked in 50 countries and reached more than 1.6 million people with clean water. Doc’s work has saved thousands of lives by providing humanity’s most basic need and right, clean water, and has inspired people from all walks of life. His secondary mission is to log as many Harley miles in support of the mission.
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Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest To Bring Clean Water to the World, by Doc Hendley (Avery: Penguin Group)
Doc Hendley was once a small-town bartender with a dream of changing the world through clean water. Through a series of simple wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects that he launched in North Carolina, he has created an international fundraising organization that provides clean water and sanitation to people in need around the world. In this speech, Hendley shares insights on how others can put simple ideas into action and use it to solve problems on the local, national, and international level.
In this inspirational keynote, Wine To Water founder Doc Hendley teaches audiences a simple but profound principle for improving the world: do what they can with what they have. As the founder of an international fundraising organization that had humble origins, Hendley illustrates the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers, proving the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable.
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In just 5 minutes, you have the power to change someone’s life for generations.
Doc Hendley is proof that anyone, even a tattooed keg-tapper, can cure what ails the world.
In 2003, Doc Hendley dreamed up the concept of Wine to Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2004 he held his first fundraiser and by August was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government-supported genocide.
When Doc returned home in 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue growing the organization he had started only two years earlier. And in 2007, after working two jobs and volunteering his time for over three years, Wine To Water became an official 501 (c)(3) and Doc’s dream finally became a reality.
Hendley’s work aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water, a figure estimated by the World Health Organization. Nearly two-thirds of that group lives in Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, 42 percent of the population lives without yard taps, household connections or other improvements to sanitize water.
Unclean water is the number one killer of children in the world. Water borne illnesses kill far more children the HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined. Every 15 seconds a child dies from unclean water. Doc Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 (chosen by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John).
His book, “Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World” (Avery:Penguin, Jan 2012), is a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who’s changing the world through clean water.
"Several people have approached me and said that it was the best keynote we have ever had for this event!"