|Dickson Beattie "Doc" Hendley|
Doc pumping water from a well in Trujillo, Peru
March 19, 1979|
|Known for||Wine to Water|
Dickson Beattie "Doc" Hendley (born March 19, 1979 in Augusta, Georgia) is the founder of Wine to Water, an American charitable organization devoted to providing clean water and sanitation to people around the world.
Hendley was born to Jeff and Libbi Hendley. He is the second of four children, with one older sister and two younger brothers. Hendley is married with two sons and resides in Boone, North Carolina.
Wine to Water
Hendley is the founder and current president of Wine to Water, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Wine to Water has worked in Sudan, India, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Peru, South Africa, and Kenya. The organization responded to the 2010 Haiti earthquake by bringing a water purification system to be implemented within disaster areas.
Hendley first envisioned the concept of Wine to Water in 2003 while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January 2004, the first fundraiser was held at a local bar in Raleigh. With the money raised during the event, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan, and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide. He then lived in Sudan for about a year. Upon his return to the United States, he began to focus his energy on developing Wine to Water programs in other countries and received local and national media attention as a result.
CNN Heroes Selection
In May 2009, Hendley was selected as one of the CNN Heroes of the 2009 year out of nearly 9,000 submissions. In October 2009, a panel of judges — including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner, and Elton John — announced that Hendley was a "Top 10 Finalist for CNN’s Hero of Year." As of 2009, Wine to Water has implemented sustainable drinking water initiatives for over 25,000 individuals.