American philanthropist Doc Hendley will speak at this year’s Young Caymanian Leadership Awards on Nov. 1 at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Mr. Hendley, who was named one of CNN’s “Top 10 Heroes of the Year” in 2009, is founder of the Wine to Water charity, which aims to provide clean water to those in need worldwide.
“Doc Hendley is living proof that one person really can change the world,” says Jackie Hansen, director of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation. “He shows us that it’s not about how much money you have or how many diplomas are on your wall – it’s about dreaming big and being passionate and committed about what you believe in. Doc’s story is one of reaching incredible heights by ‘fanning into flame’ a small but powerful spark that grew from a compassionate idea.”
Working as a bartender in his native North Carolina, Mr. Hendley, 35, learned that more than one billion people go without clean drinking water every day and began raising money where he worked. His charitable movement has raised funds to dig wells in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Cambodia and Peru.
“People of all ages will find his message uplifting and motivating. Moreover, Doc will be in good company with our own local heroes – the five young finalists who are the focus of our event, and whose stories will also be told that evening,” said Ms. Hansen.
This year’s YCLA finalists are: Chevala Burke, nee Tatum, Katrina Jurn, Michael Lockwood, Kadi Merren-Pentney and Lydia Warren.