As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’m off on my jolly holidays next month and I CANNOT wait! Work has been so busy in the last few months, I definitely feel like I need a break.
I was thrilled to come home and find a little package waiting for me the other day from the people at Gandy’s Flip Flops.
f you haven’t heard of Gandy’s Flip Flops before, they’re an amazing brand with an incredible story, albeit a heartbreaking start…
Tragically left orphaned by the Tsunami that struck on Boxing Day 2004, two brothers decided they wanted to turn their horrendous, negative experience into a positive and to channel their energy and experience into helping others.
Having travelled for numerous years, whether alone or as a family, they had always been closely involved with helping children in developing countries, and decided they wanted to give something back.
Whilst at a festival, one of their friends awoke and said he had “a mouth like Gandy’s flip flop” and the spark was ignited in their brains! The brothers decided to start their own company selling flip flops (as they had worn them much of their lives whilst travelling) and that a percentage of the profits would be used to build orphanages in under-priviledged countries, in their parents honour. And thus, Orphans for Orphans was born.
They intend to open their first orphanage in 2014 – the 10th anniversary of the Tsunami that took their parents away from them and changed their lives forever – but in the meantime, they have donated money to buy school equipment for 100 children in Goa and supplied them with a teacher for a year!
So, what about the brand itself? Well, Gandy’s supply flip flops for men, women and children, with the child sizes available in a choice of 13 different colours and costing £16.00.
For men and women, you can choose from either a selection of colour block (£19.99) or various print designs (£22.00) – I have to say, I have a bit of a soft spot for the animal print ones!
The flip flops I received were plain black, but to be honest, that’s perfect for me as it means they will go with pretty much anything I wear and can be used in several outfits!
The quality of the flip flops is great too – the base of them is soft and offers cushioning to your feet and the strap is the perfect balance between rigid and flexible. It doesn’t feel like you’d finish the day in pain, nor that they’d break after a week’s constant use on holiday.
I know some people may be reading this and thinking that £20 is a lot to pay for a pair of flip flops, but having looked at some High Street retailers, I’ve found they’re charging anything from £10-30 for their flip flops and all of that money is going directly in their pockets. When buying a pair of Gandy’s, you’re not breaking the bank and you also get the added feel-good-feeling of knowing that a portion of the money you’ve spent is going to aid those people in the world less fortunate than ourselves, and giving children a chance of having a better future
The brothers story is inspiring and humbling, and I can’t help but be amazed by what these two men have achieved. From something truly awful they have developed something wonderful that will change the lives of so many children. I can’t help but feel that their parents would have been incredibly proud of them.