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The biggest bonus is meeting the orphans


The Domino Effect B


Today Gandys flip-flops are worn by a quarter of a million people, and their meteoric success is helping to improve the lives of orphans around the world


elieving in something is a huge part of the story behind the 'Orphans for Orphans' initiative, which Gandys established to


improve the lives of children who have lost their parents. In fact, it is at the very heart of the flip-flop company’s business philosophy. Rob and Paul Forkan - who have developed a highly successful range of flip flops – are orphans themselves. They tragically lost both their parents when the Boxing Day Tsunami struck the coastline of Sri Lanka in 2004. As two of six siblings, Rob and Paul Forkan then 13 and 11 respectively, had until that day lived a relatively charmed life. When Rob was 11 years old their parents took all the children out of school to travel around the world for five years. After spending a year in India and time in Africa, they moved on to Sri Lanka,


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where the family was living in two beach huts by the sea. The day after Christmas their lives would change forever. If the Forkan brothers' parents were here


today, they would be incredibly proud of what their sons have achieved. In less than 18 months, Gandys flip-flops were stocked in ten top UK retailers, and are now in the biggest shoe retailer in America. When FYM arrives at Gandys' London office, we want to hear what drives them - what keeps them going. We meet Rob, the elder of the two brothers. Although success seems to have come quickly, it didn’t come easily. “It’s been about eight months since I watched any TV,” he says. At times they have worked for 48 hours without a break, and have even been known to be back in the office straight after Christmas dinner.


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