International Flip Flop Day, 20 June 2014

Orphans for Orphans

The event was created by Paul and Rob Forkan, who created the flip flop brand Gandys, in an attempt to transform the lives of orphaned children around the world. 

The Forkan brothers set up Gandys after tragically losing their own parents in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. 

In 2013 Plymouth University graduate and Secret Millionaire Dominic List with his keen interest in social enterprise invested in the brand to help build the business. Gandys was launched to be a force for good with 10% of all profits going to The Gandys Foundation – the registered charity set up by the brothers with the mission ‘Orphans for Orphans’. 

The Gandys Foundation funds projects around the world that provide orphaned children with basic essentials such as nutrition, education and a safe place to live.

The first International Flip Flop Day attracted the support of high profile figures including Sir Richard Branson, but the 2014 event is set to be even bigger.

And with this year marking the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, which claimed more than 230,000 lives and left five million homeless, the ultimate dream is to raise enough funds to enable the first Gandys Children’s Home in Goa to open by the end of the year in memory of Rob and Paul’s parents.

How to support

  • Wear your flip flops on 20th June 2014
  • Snap a photo of yourself and share with the world using #orphansfororphans @gandysflipflops and @PlymUni in your tweet
  • Donate by texting FLOP14£2 to 70070
  • Purchase your Gandys at - for every purchase on Friday 20th June 2014, Gandys will donate an extra £5 to the Gandys Foundation

Enter our competition to win Gandys flip flops!

Gandys and Plymouth University will be awarding prizes in the following categories: best flip flop location, best accessorised flip flops, most imaginative flip flop tweet

Tweets tagging @PlymUni will automatically be entered into our competition to win a pair of Gandys flip flops. Get involved for your chance to win!