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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wine To Water

This year, I'm planning on making a donation to Wine To Water. Their founder, Doc Hendley, was featured on the CNN Tribute to Heroes on Thanksgiving night. I was very moved watching his video and listening to how important clean water is, especially to children. And also how easy it is to help provide that water. Wine To Water builds sustainable wells and sanitation systems, providing developing areas with clean water not only today but also in the future.

Clean water. Something so many of us take for granted. Something a lot of us gripe about when they recommend we drink 64 oz a day because we don't like it. Those kids like clean water but 1 in 6 people in the world don't have access to it and 1.5 million people die each year due to causes that could be prevented just by having it.

Doc was "just" a bartender when he started Wine To Water. The organization gets its name from some of its very first fundraisers - he hosted wine tastings in the bars where he worked and provided information about the clean water shortage facing so many. They've now provided water and education to over 25,000 people in 5 countries.

So every day, I do my best to drink my eight glasses of water. And sometimes now, as I'm struggling to finish that last couple of glasses, I find myself thinking of Doc and those kids. And remembering that I want to do something to make even a small difference.

Wine To Water


That corgi :) said...

that sounds like such a wonderful program Cate! It is true about water and how we take it for granted and often waste it (at least in our household) but others have no access to it or limited access or have to walk miles to get fresh water. last year as hubby's Christmas present he got a share in a well for a third-world country so they could have running water in their village. I'm not sure what we are doing this year for our gifts (we don't exchange them among hubby and me but give to a worthy cause) but I will take this definitely into consideration


Snarky A. said...

Wine to Water is amazing! Having traveled to a lot of areas where clean drinking water is a hard to come by, and the amazing lengths people in many places of the world have to go through to get it, really puts in perspective of how fortunate we are at home. Wonderful charity, Cate.

Nessa said...

This sounds like a great project.

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