Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley

CNN Hero - Wine to Water
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$15,001-$20,000
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Program Descriptions

Hell or High Water: How One Man Turned Wine into Water and Transformed Customers into Crusaders
Doc gives a motivational and inspiring presentation that retells the story of his journey from bartender & musician to accidental humanitarian. When we consider a problem as far-reaching as the global water crisis,  we often question the impact that we as an individual can have.  Doc's life work and incredible story answers the question of how much impact can one person have.

Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water & Other Modern Day Miracles
In this keynote, Doc discusses how to do what we can with what we have. Audiences will learn the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers. Through this moving presentation, Doc Hendley proves the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable.

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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).

“There is one thing that rings true every time I get the pleasure of hearing Doc Hendley speak—his passion comes through and hits you like nothing you’ve ever experienced in your lifetime. It’s not just the way he interacts with the audience, a sort of down home person that you seem to already know even though you don’t, but it’s the message about improving who we are as people each and every day, and helping those who have difficulty helping themselves because of places they live in or the circumstances of their country. Doc brings that message of hope and seems to naturally lift every person out of their comfort chair and into the wilds of Africa or the devastation in Haiti right alongside him. You feel everything that he feels and see everything that he saw. We are just enamored to be part of his world in a small way and hoping to work with him to better our world in a meaningful way.”—Rich Henning, United Water, 2011 North American Managers Conference.

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.

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Reviews

"The feedback on Doc Hendley's program was that he was the most inspiring speaker most of our guests had ever seen. I would definitely recommend him for another group."
--Sysco

"There is one thing that rings true every time I get the pleasure of hearing Doc Hendley speak - his passion comes through and hits you like nothing you've ever experienced in your lifetime. It's not just the way he interacts with the audience, a sort of down home person that you seem to already know even though you don't, but it's the message about improving who we are as people each and every day, and helping those who have difficulty helping themselves because of places they live in or the circumstances of their country. Doc brings that message of hope and seems to naturally lift every person out of their comfort chair and into the wilds of Africa or the devastation in Haiti right alongside him. You feel everything that he feels and see everything that he saw. We are just enamored to be part of his world in a small way and hoping to work with him to better our world in a meaningful way."
--United Water

"Doc was not only charming and modest, he is one of the most inspiring speakers I have ever heard. He takes you on an emotional journey to communities whose living conditions are unimaginable to most of us, and his ability share his vision, his passion, his commitment and his excitement for his global mission has ignited a flame of passion in our membership as well. We have had the pleasure of Doc's company at all of our events since that one last winter, and we have united behind him and his efforts to make a difference in the world. We are better people as the result of knowing Doc... We think Doc is indeed a "HERO"!"
--SITE SOUTHEAST

"Doc is a wonderful, sincere, person who has made a tremendous difference in the world. He sees himself as average, yet he has saved thousands of lives by raising awareness of the world's plight of lack of clean drinking water. His powerful, moving story about how each of us has the power to make a difference in the world is one that will shake you to your foundation. Our audience of 300 school administrators was touched and inspired by this remarkable man. We were truly in the presence of greatness, wrapped in humilty and compassion. Thank you, Doc."
--Orange County Public Schools

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