Paul and Rob Forkan. Photo: AFP

Interviewed Paul Forkan this morning, who founded Gandys Flip Flops three years ago with his brother Rob. The brothers along with four other siblings were orphaned when their parents were swept away in Sri Lanka by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami (story here). Paul and Rob have managed to turn tragedy into triumph: motivated by everything they went through, they set up Gandys with the goal of giving back to less fortunate orphans and kids. Their business is thriving, celebs are sporting their flip flops and last year, on the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, they built a preschool in a Sri Lankan village – the first of many they hope to plant all over the world.

Absolutely inspirational beings and really puts things into perspective. I’m thankful for the opportunity to get to know such amazing folks through my work.