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Rob & Paul Forkan

Motivational Speaker Rob & Paul Forkan
  • Orphaned but survived the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
  • Brothers who have turned their personal tradgedy into devoting their lives to help other underprivileged children.
  • Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Authors and Inspirational Speakers.
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Rob & Paul Forkan

Motivational Speaker Rob & Paul Forkan
  • Orphaned but survived the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.
  • Brothers who have turned their personal tradgedy into devoting their lives to help other underprivileged children.
  • Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Authors and Inspirational Speakers.

Rob and Paul Forkan’s Bohemian upbringing saw them travel and volunteer all over the globe. Driven by the loss of their parents during the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami, they went on to found Gandys with an eye to funding their charitable foundation, Orphans for Orphans, aimed at supporting children in need while creating a legacy in their parents’ name.

Wanting to do something innovative yet reflecting their vibrant upbringing, Gandys, they felt, would enable them to express the different cultures experienced during their travels, creating a lifestyle brand with the ethos of Explore and Inspire.

It was the Sri Lankan children that helped the two brothers escape, creating in them the need to create a better future for fellow orphans. To date, Gandys has built a children’s home in Sri Lanka, marking the 10-year anniversary of the tsunami and their parents’ demise, as well as other homes in both Sri Lanka and India.

Rob Forkan – Speaking

Rob and Paul’s aim, with the founding of Gradys, was not to make money. Rather, their business was built up with the aim of ‘doing good’. Their first meeting with potential investors had the brothers in flipflops and shorts, while their prospective investors were dressed in suits. Ambassadors for the brand include, amongst others, the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Prince Harry.

“In the long term, we’d like to have children’s homes in every continent in the world.” – Paul Forkan

The Forkan brothers donate all their speakers’ fees to their charity.

Speaking Topics:

  • Overcoming adversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Raising awareness of good causes

Testimonials

‘Rob and Paul’s story was very moving and I was humbled by their ability to turn a personal tragedy into something so positive.’ – Sir Richard Branson

Biography

Client Testimonials

'Rob and Paul's story was very moving and I was humbled by their ability to turn a personal tragedy into something so positive.'

"In five years' time, I'd like our flip flops to be seen in all the top shops in America. On the other side of the business, giving back, I'd like to have projects all over the world. "In the long term, we'd like to have children's homes in every continent in the world."

Client Testimonials

'Rob and Paul's story was very moving and I was humbled by their ability to turn a personal tragedy into something so positive.'

"In five years' time, I'd like our flip flops to be seen in all the top shops in America. On the other side of the business, giving back, I'd like to have projects all over the world. "In the long term, we'd like to have children's homes in every continent in the world."

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Gandys Story
Rob, Paul & Gandys Flip Flops Story
Orphans, flip flops and the Boxing Day tsunami: Rob Forkan at TEDxBrixton
Orphans, flip flops and the Boxing Day tsunami: Rob Forkan at TEDxBrixton
The Forkan Brothers 'The Gandy's Story'
The Forkan Brothers 'The Gandy's Story'

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