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READ THE UNFORGETTABLE STORY WHICH DESCRIBES ROB AND PAUL'S BOHEMIAN UPBRINGING AND THE JOURNEY WHICH LED TO THE BEGINNING OF GANDYS
On Boxing Day 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty and Rosie Forkan tragically lost their parents in the Boxing Day Tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from 8 to 17, they subsequently faced a harrowing and solitary 200km trek across the decimated country to get home to safety.
The bravery, ingenuity and resilience they displayed was the result of their unusual upbringing. Taken out of school at a young age, they received an unconventional and global education, learning independence and resourcefulness whilst carrying out voluntary work for charities in India alongside their parents.
Since the Tsunami, Rob and Paul have achieved an incredible amount. They have created a multinational brand Gandys, which started in the front room of their rented flat and endorsed by entrepreneurs including Richard Branson, and set up Orphans for Orphans, a charitable organisation that uses 10% of the profits to support children deprived of education, nutrition and medication.
This is a heart breaking, engaging but ultimately uplifting journey from the streets of Sri Lanka to the boardrooms of London, Downing Street and beyond as told by two inspirational survivors.
On 13th November 2014 the brothers launched their book ‘Tsunami kids: Our journey from Survival to Success’.
Rob and Paul tell their remarkable story from surviving the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 to now founding a multinational ethical clothing brand, inspired by their childhood upbringing spent travelling.