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May 2012

Turning wine to water

Looking for a good summer read? Check out “Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World” by Doc Hendley.

Incoming UNCG freshmen will be reading this book as part of the Freshman Summer Reading Project, designed to introduce students to the intellectual life of UNCG. Alumni are encouraged to read the book and be a part of the conversation as well.

“Wine to Water” tells the story of a Raleigh bartender who learned about the shortage of clean water in countries like the Sudan and dreamed up a way to help. The result is Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide clean water to the needy around the world.

When Doc, “a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music and his Harley,” first traveled to Darfur, Sudan, in 2004, he installed water systems for victims of genocide.

A year later, he returned home, and worked two jobs to continue building the organization he had started. In 2007, it became an official 501 (c) (3).

“Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation,” reads the mission statement. “Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can't fight for themselves.

In a video on his site, Hendley says, “The most important thing I learned in this whole process, this journey, is you can be an everyday, average individual and have a huge, extraordinary impact on the world.”

Hendley, who was named a CNN hero in 2009, will speak on Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center.















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