Confluence Watersports Continues Support of AmeriCares’ Disaster Relief and Rebuilding

After the 2005 Tsunami in South Asia, Confluence Watersports introduced the Tsunami Commitment program to raise funds to support the relief and rebuilding of areas affected by water related natural disasters.
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After the 2005 Tsunami in South Asia, Confluence Watersports introduced the Tsunami Commitment program to raise funds to support the relief and rebuilding of areas affected by water related natural disasters. As was the case last year, in 2006 Confluence will donate a portion of the profits from the sale of each Wilderness Systems® Tsunami kayak to AmeriCares for the relief and rebuilding efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami. To date Confluence has contributed over $13,000.

“We make products so people can enjoy waterways around the world, but in the last year we have all witnessed the power of water and the devastation it can leave in its wake,” said Kelley Woolsey, Senior VP of Marketing and Sales at Confluence Watersports. “We hope that our continued efforts will help those affected by these disasters to rebuild their lives.”

"We are very grateful for the support of Confluence Watersports," said Laurie Fogarty-Swenson, marketing manager for AmeriCares. "It is through generous efforts such as these that AmeriCares is able to continue to make a difference in the lives of those who were so devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami."

In 2005, Wilderness Systems introduced two models of the Tsunami kayak. This year, five additional Tsunami models are being introduced, and a portion of sales from all seven models will be earmarked for AmeriCares' disaster relief efforts.

The Tsunami Commitment- It has been our custom at Wilderness Systems to select boat names that show our respect for water- its beauty, its diversity, its power. Often, the name helps define the boat's strengths and character: we introduced the Tsunami in fall 2004 with the same intent. But December 26, 2004 changed that. It is only fitting that this boat, the Tsunami, acknowledge not the awesome force of nature, but should more rightly honor the hundreds of thousands of victims in South Asia and Africa who lost their lives, their homes, their loved ones to its devastating power.

About Confluence Holdings Corp.

Confluence Holdings Corp, the premier paddlesports company in the world, manufactures and distributes water sports equipment in Easley, SC. Confluence, formerly based in Trinity, NC, acquired Easley, SC based Watermark on May 16, 2005. The Confluence family of brands include Mad River Canoe®, Wilderness Systems® touring and recreational kayaks, Wave Sport® whitewater kayaks, and Voyageur® watersports accessories, Dagger® touring and whitewater kayaks, Perception® touring and whitewater kayaks, Mainstream® recreational kayaks, Harmony® paddlesports accessories and AT Paddles®.

The company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Confluence Watersports Canada, Inc., distributes all the brands in Canada. For more information visit www.confluencewatersports.com

About Americares

AmeriCares is a nonprofit humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that supports long-term medical assistance programs and provides emergency relief in the U.S. and around the world. In the U.S., AmeriCares provides basic medical services for the uninsured, refurbishes the homes of the physically and financially disadvantaged and gives a summer camping experience to inner-city children affected by HIV/AIDS. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $5 billion in humanitarian aid to 137 countries. For more information, visit AmeriCares web site at www.americares.org or call 1-800-486-HELP.

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