An event staged by the Gandys brothers to bring the sunshine back to the U.K and fund an orphanage in India.
Online PR News – 21-May-2012 – London, UK – At noon today, a group fronted by the brothers behind Gandys Flips Flops, descended upon Westminster in a light hearted protest to bring the sunshine back to Britain - and fund an Orphanage in India. Rob and Paul Forkan, who were tragically orphaned in the Boxing Day tsunami, are aiming to raise money to build an orphanage in Goa, India, as a tribute to their parents.
Rob Forkan, founder of Gandys Flip Flops said: "The poor weather and the current economic climate haven't exactly put people in the mood for the beach. We thought it would be interesting to combine the two issues with a protest in jest. Hopefully, we will cheer even Parliament up!"
Ten per cent of the proceeds from Gandys Flip Flops, which feature a footprint as part of the branding reflecting Mrs Forkan's favourite poem, Mary Stevenson's Footprints in the Sand, go to Children Walking Tall, a charity that helps slum and street children in Goa.
Rob Forkan, said: "Our goal is to open an orphanage for the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, which gives us about two-and-a-half years. When we lived in India we used to spend time working in orphanages so we got to see what it was all about from an early age. After what we’ve been through, we really want to give something back."
The brothers have invested all of their savings in the brand and have already generated a great deal of interest from high street chains at home and abroad. There's also a documentary about their story in the pipeline.
Gandys is a revolutionary flip flop brand created by 3 young Brothers, who have spent years travelling all over the world living in flip flops. They are now building a brand based on the beliefs they learnt along the way; working in slums and being schooled in India as they were growing up.
With every pair sold the Brothers are giving back to children in India with a donation of 10% of total profits to a terrific charity called Children Walking Tall. The Brothers both have an ultimate goal to not only open, but sustain the needs of an orphanage in India, in honour of their parents who were tragically taken from them in the Boxing Day Tsunami.
After such a tragic experience and cheating death the young Brothers and their 3 sisters decided that there is more to life than a standard 9 to 5 job and have created a brand with an ethos they are passionate about and believe in.
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