Hi, I'm Mark and I'm the founder of Fortitudo Club, Head of Courage. Thank you for checking out our site and we hope you enjoy this quick video we put together which explains the heart behind what we do (with an amazing testimony at the end so stay tuned). Here's our story:
A couple of years ago I found myself doubting my abilities and going through a bit of a crisis in my faith and who I am. Working as a designer I thought I'd undertake a personal project and make myself a 'Brave' t-shirt to help me get through my season. Strangely enough, every time I put it on I found that internally it did something to me, it gave me confidence and the ability to go forth and conquer. I then made some up for my kids with a special note of encouragement and I could see how amazing it made them feel also.
I started journalling about courage, to be who we are called to be and it's here that Fortitudo Club was born. Fortitudo is Latin for 'Courage that comes from your heart' – such a perfect name for our new brand.
I wanted others to experience this also, so every-time I heard of someone going through a tough season, for example: being bullied, having a low-self-esteem or someone going through a tricky illness I made them up a t-shirt and sent it with a message of encouragement to let them know that we were thinking of them. And it's here a dream started to become a reality – for us to have a business that could impact lives and make a difference to our world (one tee at a time).
We've recently partnered with Ellenor Hospice who provide such amazing care and support to families (adults and children) facing terminal illness. This care includes pain and symptom relief, palliative care, end of life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care. We've met some of the children and their siblings and loved playing with them during a summer fun-day. They are such an amazing charity and we are so proud to pledge our support.
So for every two kids t-shirts we sell, we will give one away. We are very excited to make this happen as we want our Fortitudo Kids to know that this purchase / gift will have a 'Knock-on' effect and impact on someone else's life for the better too. Making them a true #worldchanger