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2015 Water Filter Distributions & Health Education Northwestern Haiti



Haiti is a beautiful country with a rich and vibrant culture, yet it remains the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. These severely impoverished conditions create a desperate need for the limited resources required for survival -- especially clean drinking water. Our Epic team recently returned to Northwestern Haiti, the poorest region of the country. Thanks to the supporters of the Epic Movement, we were able to provide clean water for TE YEARS to special needs orphans and families caring for special needs children. We also provided health education, which would be otherwise unattainable to this high risk demographic. These water filters will not only change lives, they will save lives! Cholera (a deadly water-borne disease) is rampant in that region of the country, and special needs children are often unable to effectively fight off the disease due to their compromised immune systems. Stay posted by "Liking" us on Facebook to see the photos and videos of the life changing moments that you made possible.

Together We Make a Difference - Together We Change Lives

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Epic Timepieces on
The Today Show

(Gifts that Give Back, Bobbie's Buzz)





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An Epic Emmy Awards

Epic’s timepieces were included in CQ Emmy Swag Bags, and can be found on the wrists of the cast members of Project Runway, Survivor and many others.



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2015 Nomination

Epic International has been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's
Family Owned Business Award once again!

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Epic Represents at the
80th Great Sand Sculpture Contest




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Radio Interview with Jackie Bird
on Critical Mass for Business



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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com
The Daily Pilot

When local philanthropic couple Jeff and Jackie Bird arrived home after participating in the Haiti relief efforts, they made plans to start a chain reaction that would bring ongoing help to the families devastated by the January 2010 earthquake.

The couple immediately set to work launching the Catalyst, the first line of timepieces from Epic International. The Birds' newly founded company pledges to provide clean water to Third World countries with every watch sold — beginning with Haiti for the one-year anniversary of the quake.

"We came back from Haiti just wanting to make an impact on these people's lives," Jeff Bird said of the summer trip he made with his wife of four years. "It wasn't enough to just go on trip and help with construction but we wanted to do something that would really make a lasting impact on their lives."

Despite having traveled to impoverished parts of South America and Europe, Bird said that he was still shocked at the level of poverty in which the Haitians were living eight months after the devastation.

While permanent structures are needed to replace the decaying tents that many Haitians still call home, what the Birds decided is most crucial is to provide the locals with a clean water supply, he said.

"Getting water is not the issue," said Jackie Bird. "It's getting clean water that's so important."

Water flowing from streams and rivers are commonly used by Haitians for everything from cooking and personal hygiene to washing cars and bathing cattle, she said.

When an outbreak of cholera happened in September, the need for clean water spiked enormously, she said.

The Birds moved up their original launch date from February 2011 and started selling the watches in December to help the country faster, she said.

Their first large-scale distribution of water filtration systems is scheduled for late January. The second is scheduled for around March.

With their watch sales so far, about 200 people will have access to a clean water supply, Jackie Bird said. However, she hopes that the number of Haitians impacted will increase as people take interest in the watches next week in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the quake.

"Someone purchasing the watch is a catalyst," Jeff Bird explained of Epic's first line of watches, which come in a variety of colors including a red and blue Haiti edition. "…We wanted something that could be a symbol that we can make a difference. Maybe we can't change the world altogether, but we can change portions of it by coming together."

While the watches are currently only available on the company's website, http://www.epictimepieces.com, the Birds hope to get the watches into boutiques and impact more countries in need of clean water.

"Our goal is to bring clean water to thousands," Jackie Bird said. "This is just the start."


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120 Miles to Save 120 Lives
Baton Rouge to New Orleans Along the Scenic River Road

The Ride for Water was organized by Johnny and Faith Clancy. We commend both Johnny and Faith for using Epic as a platform to change the lives of many Haitian families with special needs children! Visit their website at www.rideforwaterla.com for more details and to register.

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