25 Mar 2015

Orphans for orphans - tsunami survivor Rob Forkan

From Nine To Noon, 10:06 am on 25 March 2015

sibling selfieJust over ten years ago, Rob Forkan, was orphaned by the Boxing Day Tsunami. He was 17, in Sri Lanka with parents Kevin and Sandra, as well as brother Paul, who was 15, 12-year-old Mattie and 9-year-old Rosie. Kevin and Sandra died while getting the youngest siblings to safety.

Ten years on, and Rob and Paul Forkan have set up a business selling designer jandals to support fellow orphans in Sri Lanka and India. The brand is called Gandys, the jandals are sold in a range of top end retailers in the UK, and have been endorsed by Sir Richard Branson and given to royalty.

Rob Forkan speaks to Kathryn about the brothers’ desire to give back to those who helped them after they lost their parents.

Gandy jandals