What’s it all about?
Despite the pandemic, SERVE has been a fully committed partner, but because we have no overseas volunteer programmes, our funds are running low and our partners still need the continued support of SERVE to reach their potential.
Each week, we will share country-specific stories from recipients of SERVE funding. This will bring your attention to the importance of sustaining our work, and the impact of SERVE’s partnership model approach to development.
The Flip Flop Appeal works on three fronts:
(1) Supporting Fairtrade
(2) Raising awareness of what SERVE funds in our partner communities
(3) Generate funds that make a significant impact and sustainable change in the communities we work in
This appeal has been our flagship fundraising event for years. Flip-flops are the footwear of the poorest people of the world, so this is why it is featured on our logo and this appeal. Historically for this appeal, we went to different places around Ireland (churches, supermarkets, shopping centres) to sell Fairtrade flip flop pins made by the Good Shepard Sister’s projects in Nongkhai, Thailand. They focus on empowering women to be self-sustaining through various livelihood projects. This year, we’re unable to sell our flip-flop pins due to COVID restrictions and have moved our fundraiser online.