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Community project launched by brothers orphaned in Boxing Day tsunami

The Forkan brothers, who were brought up in Farnborough, have set up a project for young people in Hampshire

Rob and Paul Forkan

Two brothers, who were brought up by their sister in Farnborough after they were orphaned in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, have launched a new community project for young people in Hampshire.

Rob Forkan, 25, and his brother Paul, 23, set up the flip flop company Gandys last year to provide support for orphans and underprivileged children all over the world.

They are currently on target to open their first orphanage in Goa, in memory of their parents, by the end of next year, to mark the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, and hope to go on to open children's homes around the world.

The pair have launched a new programme, 'Gandys Den', in conjunction with Hampshire Cricket Community Trust, to give young people the opportunity to design a unique pair of flip flops to go on sale at major retail outlets.

The project was launched at a special event last Thursday at The Ageas Bowl, in Southampton, where the brothers gave presentations to young people about business strategies, overcoming adversity and how they built their own global brand.

Simon Fox, Hampshire Cricket Community Trust manager, said: “Gandys Den is perhaps one of the most unique community projects in the UK.

"To be able to offer our Hampshire community the tremendous opportunity to create and design a real life product to go on sale in conjunction with a brand that is one of the biggest successes in the last 18 months, is a real privilege.

"The schools and young people we have spoken to are hugely excited about linking with Gandys and enthused by the challenge thrown down to them by the brothers."

The winning design will be presented to the crowd at the England v India game in July next year at The Ageas Bowl, as well alongside the opportunity to be able to buy it at the stadium.



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