18 October 2017

Raisings pop up for Richmond Rotary

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise

Motto fashion chain organise samples for Richmond Rotary's Next Pop Up Sale.

Motto Fashions, Melbourne, has a 65-employee clothing chain as a supporter. Richmond Rotary has donated well over $150,000 to the club and Rotary Foundation in about the past five years.

Motto co-owner and designer Faye Browne says the partnership started because Richmond RC Past-President Trevor Pang of Premier Trading Co is a co-tenant at the Abbott Street., Alphington premises. And...

Faye says, "He kept inviting us to join. We couldn't spare the energy that Rotarians put into their good works, so helping them raise funds was the next best thing.

"Rotarians are amazing and what we really like is that 100% of what we give goes straight to the charities involved."

Over the years Motto has given a small and variable percent of total sales to Rotary Foundation. Richmond RC, with 35 members, has now become a big beneficiary because Motto offered samples and prototypes for Pop Up sales. The sales have grown to three times a year. Items fetch from $5 to $40 each and earn the club $12-15,000 a year.

Faye says, "Lots of businesses have surplus and leftovers cluttering their premises, and usually they wind up in a charity op-shop. Your Rotary clubs ought to do more prospecting for stock for pop-up sales."

Motto likes its Rotary donations to go to Australian women's & disadvantaged youth causes. It also donates to specific charities, including breast cancer because Faye recovered from an episode recently.

Richmond Past President Nia Holdenson says member Andrew Michaelides offers his furniture showroom for the sales. The club's Friends of Richmond Rotary group does the main work and about five club members help. The sales need no marketing other than email, word of mouth and an A-frame sandwich sign outside. "People just pour in from 9.30 opening," Nia says. "We get enough stock and sizes to suit anyone."

Motto is the nine-store family business of Faye and John Browne, along with daughter Lauren French. It gets substantial sales from its on-line presence at motto.com.au

Left to Right: John Browne, Motto; Nia Holdenson, Richmond Rotary Club President;
Faye Browne, Motto and their daughter.


22 September 2017

Dear Friends of Richmond Rotary, Rotarians, friends and family

I want to thank you all for your support to make the movie and lunch such a successful day on Wednesday 19 September.

We all enjoyed the fun movie and lunch.

With the generosity of raffle prizes donated by Nellya Lode, Balwyn Palace Cinemas, Sally and Maureen, and your participation, we raised $384 all of which will go towards a Richmond Rotary project. Thank you again Nellya.

Also with thanks to my committee, Sue Roberts and Maureen Pang.

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming FoRR functions throughout the year.

Best regards
Sally O'Sullivan
Friends of Richmond Rotary – Chair


23 August 2017


Friends of Richmond Rotary
invite you to a movie and lunch

Victoria & Abdul

Tuesday 19 September 2017

$25 inc movie and lunch
(sandwich, cake and coffee/tea)

Balwyn Theatre
231 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn
Friends and family welcome

To reserve your seat/s please email

Funds raised will support Richmond Rotary projects


17 August 2017


The Friends of Richmond Rotary assist the Salvation Army Richmond with food donations:

"I went to the Salvation Army today they were ecstatic as they were just about out of food.

They were amazed at the quality and quantity of the food could not thank us enough.

I want to thank every one of you for your generosity it makes me proud to belong to Rotary!!!!"

Thanks Sally
FoRR Chair

"This is a great effort and a relationship the Club may develop further - thank you to the FoRR".
Secretary Jo