The Flip-Flop Appeal is SERVE’s National Fundraising campaign.

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.

What can I do to help?

The Flip-Flop Appeal is a gesture of solidarity, service, and a determination to work together, and even though we have to go virtual this year and cannot go out to sell them in public, we ask you to do one of the following for us:

  1. Financial support is the best way you can help sustain SERVE’s work in solidarity with our partner communities. Become a regular donor today by setting up a Standing Order through your bank account or SERVE donation form.
  2. Take part in the Solidarity Games Flip Flop Appeal Edition! We will host a week-long (May 17th -23rd) challenge-themed event, called the Solidarity Games.  There are 15 fun challenges for you to attempt with friends and family over the course of the week. Share your attempts on social media – just for some fun! We have a JustGiving page for this event which you can share to encourage donations for your efforts. There is no fundraising commitment to take part.

What’s the plan for each week in May?

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. Click each week below to read about our work.