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The Reddie Read, Fall 2018

From Wine to Water, by Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley     Wine to Water A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World

About the book

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. (Goodreads)

About the author

Doc Hendley, a 2009 "Top 10 CNN Hero," is living proof that anyone can change the world. Dismayed by lack of clean water access worldwide, Hendley uses his bartending skills to raise funds to bring drinking water to far-flung locations, including Darfur refugee camps. Hendley is the founder of the foundation Wine to Water and the author of a memoir by the same name. (Penguin Random House)

Campus Activities

October 3, 2018:
Doc Hendley
"Wine to Water"
Reception and book signing to follow.
6:00 p.m. Arkansas Hall Auditorium

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