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Doc Hendley: The Bartender Who Turns Wine To Water

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Doc Hendley is the founder and president of Wine To Water. In 2003 he dreamed up the concept of the organization while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. The first fundraiser was held in January of 2004 and by August of that same year Doc was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government supported genocide. When Doc returned home in August of 2005 the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue building the organization he started two years before.

In 2007, after working two jobs and volunteering his time for over three years, Wine To Water became an official charity.

Doc talks to Callahan here about getting started, traveling into dangerous territory, and making a difference:

 

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