Everybody knows the person, but do many of you know about the organisation? It was completely new to me up until a few days ago when it was International Flip Flop Day (20th June 2014) in case you weren’t too sure. The name was on Twitter and, of course, I had a look at them and was totally impressed.
As you may have guessed, they are basically all about flip flops, who doesn’t like to wear them in the summer. But, have you ever thought about what the companies do when you buy your new summer footwear? The company was set up by two brothers, Rob and Paul, and was created in order to bring about a positive change in the world after the tragic loss of their parents, Kevin and Sandra, in the boxing day Tsunami disaster.
10% of all Gandys profits go directly into the Gandys Foundation whose sole purpose is to support children in need of basic essentials such as shelter, nutrition, medication and education. We call this the “Orphans for Orphans” mission. There is a beautiful yet devastating story on the Gandys website that explains what happened to the family and how their mission began. I’m not going to paraphrase or give you a brief over view because it needs to be seen as a whole, I would simply say go to the website and see properly what these two have experienced.
The “Orphans for Orphans” mission has already started to make an impact by funding children’s homes in India & Sri Lanka and the vision is to open them all around the world. The opening of the first children’s home will be built in memory of Rob and Paul’s parents, Kevin and Sandra Forkan, and will mark the 10th anniversary of the tsunami.
It is amazing how something so tragic as losing your parents has been completely transformed into something which is benefiting so many other people.
Here is a small sample of the Men’s selection of Gandys. There really is something for anybody; whether you prefer to keep your footwear plain and simple, add a bit of print or go all out and have something really jazzy. These three here range from £20-£30 which considering you’re helping provide essentials for the less fortunate is a very small price to pay, in my opinion.
And for the ladies…
Who could resist releasing your inner wild animal with a bit of leopard, monochrome print or some glitter. They are beautifully designed, a summer staple and, honestly, can you ever have too many pairs of flip flops?
I’m so happy that I stumbled across these, it is such a good cause and you get to look good too; I’m in!!
(all images and company information has been taken from gandysflipflops.com)
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