Meet Doc Hendley

A new series of ‘Meet….’ articles focusing on a diverse range of individuals, who are all currently working in their own way to try and make a positive difference in the world.

In his own words bartender Doc Hendley was an average student at school, he loved sports, but was never a star athlete – just a regular, ordinary guy who was never meant to have a profound impact on the world.

But while travelling the world, riding motorbikes, playing the guitar and working as a bartender, he learned of the water crisis faced by millions across the world, which motivated him to begin running charity fundraiser events in nightclubs to raise funds for water projects in the developing world. But rather than simply continuing to raise money, Doc decided to travel to Darfur in Sudan, during the genocide, to help install wells himself.

Doc believes passionately in everyone’s ability to make a real difference in the world, and in just a few years has founded the non-profit Wine to Water, which works closely with local people to provide skills and support so they can install and, crucially, maintain water wells and treatment systems. His organisation has been able to significantly drive down the cost of providing clean water to communities across the world, and provide clean water to thousands of people.

He was named as one of CNN’s Heroes of the Year in 2009, and has written a book about his story: Wine to Water – A Bartender’s Tale.

“Here’s to being a nobody.”

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