Charity & Motto

Motto - Proudly Supporting the Community

At Motto, our ethos is all about family, and caring for those around us, our community. With this outlook in mind the brand’s owners Faye, John & Lauren  Browne are also passionate about giving back to the Australian community as a whole, from company profit donations to large charity groups like the  National Breast Cancer Foundation & Rotary Victoria, and through to auction item prizes and gift vouchers donated to local schools and fundraisers. Most of Motto's donation commitments are run though Rotary, because of their strong affiliation with a multitude of charitable groups. Rotary ensures that 100% of the donation goes directly to the charity in need.

Its through the close relationship with Rotary that we are able to offer support to Australians, from providing university sponsorships to young adults, to donating funds/supplies to hospitals/health care facilities in rural and indigenous communities.

Motto also donates 100% of their seconds and samples to Rotary who sell them to raise money for their charities. 

Below is a small snapshot of our donations and how we are impacting our local community. This is just a small example of how Motto gives back, and they are committed to supporting the Australian Community, with a particular interest in womens services. A big THANK YOU to our customers who make giving back a possibility for Motto.


So proud we can do this - Thank you to the loyal "Motto-Holics" out there that give us the opportunity to give back!

Lauren x




Congratulations Laura Alsop from Deakin University!


The C-word Diaries - Update

We just have to brag....
It took 4 weeks to organize, 1 week to sell out, and 3 hours to raise a whopping $30k for Breast Cancer! Thank you to Mary and Renata, two sisters (and Motto-holics) who were touched by Fayes story and wanted to help make a difference. So, they told Faye their idea and VIOLA!
$30,495 was donated by customers and friends.



October 1st marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease. Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to inform the community on prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as improving the outcomes of those affected by breast cancer.

In September 2012, Motto Owner/Designer Faye Browne was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a double masectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and undergoing herseptum treatment, Faye finished her treatments in March 2014.



Just a little something we decided to do to help complete this project...




Laura Alsop - Deakin University

Post Grad Year —Geelong Hospital, VIC

This year started out as a very nerve racking time for me as I took what seemed to be a huge leap from nursing student to a fully qualified division 1 nurse in no time at all. Late last year I was blessed to be accepted into the yearlong graduate nursing program offered by Barwon Health. This program is offered to less than 60 graduates from around Australia.

Comprising of two six month rotations, I have spent my first semester roster gaining experience in a ward that primarily focuses on stroke/neurology treatment and recovery. The BC6N, (Bellarine Centre 6 North,) ward also caters to a number of other specialised fields including

Gastroenterology, and renal medicine. With 30 patients beds, this ward is one of the biggest at the health facility and for this reason I have been able to gain so much experience in many different fields.

My scope of learning has ranged from undertaking complex wound dressing on diabetic foot ulcers, to understanding the dynamics involved in patient controlled analgesia.

All these varied experiences are valuable in building a sound to knowledge base, that is so helpful in the quick thinking environment required in medical emergency situations.

The hands-on experience also changes your text book perceptions; I have had the chance to see patients as a whole and, not just as a bed number. This skill of liaising closing with patients and in turn their doctors is so important in being able to provide an individual with the best understanding of their symptoms, as to provide the most ideal treatments and care. For me the vast knowledge I have gained working in ward BC6N has been an incredibly fulfilling part of my graduate year.



Barbara Johnson - Deakin University

Post Grad Year — Benalla Hospital, VIC

Now I'm in District Nursing I am loving my job but at the same time secretly freaking out. During my time here I have come to realise that to do this job well you need lots of experience, a very broad set of skills and knowledge base, an open mind, flexibility, lots of patience and a sense of humour. I am learning new skills every day, the combined knowledge of these nurses is truly mind blowing and it makes me feel like I am working in a giant clinical database. WOW!

On a day to day basis, the bulk of my time in the ward consists of wound care and assessment (an area that really interests me). The remainder of my day filled with a multitude of varied tasks that includes hygiene assistance, medication administration and/or monitoring, ordering/collecting medications from local pharmacies, BGL monitoring, vital signs, psychological support, nursing assessments, catheter care, coordinated care plans and the odd admission or discharge.

I am learning a great deal about patient centred care and how best to liaise with clients/patients and their families/carers, along with case managers and GP. Such management of communications is vital to ensure that optimal care can be provided.

I am finding that district nursing is like Aboriginal health in the way that there is a real holistic view to their health care with all relevant parties involved in decision making and progress on a regular basis.

As well as caring for our clients we are working to help our fellow staff and build our own work place relationships. For example; the daughter of a previous staff member required a second organ transplant so as a group we sat at the lunch table and folded Japanese origami cranes, eventually reaching our target of 1000, to bring goodluck! Why Cranes? One of my colleagues is Japanese and she taught us a little bit about Japanese history and another way of helping others get through hard times.