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Doc Hendley

Founder and President of Wine To Water; 2009 CNN Hero of the Year; Humanitarian

Travels From:
North Carolina
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

Doc Hendley is Founder and President of Wine To Water, a non-profit promoting clean water resources in poverty stricken countries worldwide. He has a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who is changing the world through providing clean water. He never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world's freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. He braved tribal warfare and natural disasters, and encountered fascinating characters in far-flung regions of the world.

Hendley gives an authoritative account of a global crisis and his inspirational tale proves how ordinary people can improve the world. Today, Hendley and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water-containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

His presentations are customized to each event, where he:



  • Teaches his audience how to do what they can with what they have

  • Illustrates the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers

  • Proves the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable


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