The captivating story of an ordinary bartender who’s changing the world through clean water. Coming to online and in-store retailers January 5, 2012.
Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley-a small- town bartender- 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.
There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. The Janjaweed terrorists had figured out that shooting up a bladder containing 10,000 liters of water, or dumping rotting corpses into a primary water source is remarkably efficient for the purposes of mass extermination. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.
Doc is a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music, and his Harley- but he also wanted to help. Wine to Water is a gripping story about braving tribal warfare and natural disasters and encountering fascinating characters in far-flung regions of the world. It is also an authoritative account of a global crisis and an inspirational tale that proves how ordinary people can improve the world.
“Doc Hendley started the organization and label Wine to Water to help the more than one billion people on the planet who go without clean drinking water. In the United States, we just can’t imagine that a glass of water could kiss us. But Doc couldn’t stop thinking about it. And so this bartender from North Carolina decided to meet one of the world’s greatest challenges… So when you order that wine, and I know you will, don’t forget to toast Doc, a hero who had the courage to meet a challenge and believe that one person really can change this world.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress/environmentalist