Ritchies Testimonials

Mornington Peninsula Wig Library

In 2007 Peninsula Private Hospital Oncology staff identified the need for a free wig service on the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2008 The Peninsula Community Wig Centre was established at PPH as a free service for any woman living on or being treated on the the Mornington Peninsula. The main Wig Centre is located in Frankston at the Ebdale Community Hub. We are also located at Sorrento and will be opening, this year 2015, in Hastings.

PCWC Volunteers have also trained volunteers from Cabrini Brighton,Warringal Private in Heidelberg and the Cancer Council in Carlton Victoria. Through programs like Ritchies Community Benefits we have also been able to provide some funding for these centres giving them a helping hand with their start up. 2015 will see us training volunteers from St John of God in Berwick. So many Ritchies customers contribute to the funding of these Wig Centres in many suburbs around Victoria through the Ritchies Community Benefits program.

Supervised by PPH the Wig Centre is operated solely by volunteers. We appreciate the generous donations of local groups and individuals and our many fundraising efforts are 100% directed to wigs and other items gifted to our many clients. PPH finance rent and insurance etc, allowing all of funds raised through the community to be used directly within the Wig Centre for wigs, wig nets, brushes, shampoo, conditioner and other materials.


Mount Eliza Fire Brigade

Mount Eliza Fire Brigade says thanks!

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Ritchies Mt Eliza Store Manager Rob Moore presented Mt Eliza Fire Brigade with a plaque at the recently held Brigade Open Day.

Mt Eliza CFA has been a part of the Ritchies Community Benefit program for 14 years. Over that time customers/CFA members and their families have supported Mt Eliza CFA by nominating them and using a community Benefit Card whilst shopping at Ritchies.

The donations from the Benefit program have been put towards purchasing a new support vehicle and fitting the vehicle out. Mt Eliza Fire Brigade would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Ritchies and the Mt Eliza community.

If you would like to nominate Mount Eliza Fire Brigade, their CB number is 92115.


Mount Eliza Primary School

Mount Eliza Primary School says 'Thanks'

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The Community Benefit Card Program offered through Ritchies Store has provided our school with substantial funds over the last 15 years.

Through our community members acquiring and using the Community Benefit Cards, points are credited to the school that result in donations being made to us from the store.

Ritchie's Store Manager Rob Moore and Community Benefit Promotions Officer, Penny Sayer, visited Mount Eliza Primary School to present a giant cheque representing the $71,585.66 (end November 2009) total of money donated by Ritchies over the last 15 years. We thank Ritchies Store and all of our community members who have supported MEPS by using the Community Benefit Cards.

If you would like to nominate Mount Eliza Primary School, their CB number is 90101.


MS Society

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Symptoms of MS
Symptoms may include: extreme tiredness (fatigue), impaired vision, loss of balance and muscle coordination, slurred speech, tremors, stiffness, bladder and bowel problems, difficulty walking, short-term memory loss, and in severe cases, partial or complete paralysis.

Services & support for people living
Newly Diagnosed
For anyone newly diagnosed with MS it can be a worrying and confusing time. The MS Society provides numerous programs and servies for all who are affected by a diagnosis of MS, including family and friends.

Access to information and support
Face to face, email and telephone support is available via our team of trained health professional. They can answer questions, provide reassurance and put people in touch with appropriate support services.

Have any medical questions?
The MS Society can help people with MS to find appropriate health and medical services such as specialists and local clinics. In addition, medical questions can be answered via our ‘Ask the Doctor' email service or by contacting us directly.

Families need support too
To help manage the emotional and practical impact of MS of family relations, we offer a range of programs and resources for families and can provide useful links to relevant community support services.

Improving health and wellbeing
Through a choice of programs, people with MS can learn about managing stress and fatigue, heat sensitivity, exercise, nutrition, memory, thinking and dealing with change.

Managing immunotherapy medications
Out MS specialist nurses are available to help individuals to self-administer their treatments. Out nurses also provide information and support to those who are considering using immunotherapy medications.

Lifestyle assessment and planning
For people with MS who wish to improve their wellbeing, our multidisciplinary team of health professionals can develop a personalised plan to help manage symptoms and enhance lifestyle.

Connecting with other living with MS
The MS Society provides opportunities across both NSW and Victoria to share experiences and information through its increasing popular peer support programs and online chat faculties.

For further information, please follow this link:

How to support us
We warmly welcome your support, whether it is participating in one of our exciting events, becoming one of our valuable volunteers or making a donation. Another easy way to help is by nominating MS as the beneficiary of a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

CB Numbers: 90090 (Vic); 99741 (NSW - Port Macquarie); 99315 (Qld); 90697 (NSW); 97478 (NSW - Coffs Harbour).

Your contribution will help people with MS to optimise their opportunities, to be connected, to belong, to blossom and thrive to their full potential, and to give them hope for better solutions, improved treatments and ultimately, a cure.


Mt Waverley Primary School

Ritchies - where Mt Waverley Primary School benefits!

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Mount Waverley Primary School has used the money from Ritchies Community Benefit Program to purchase equipment for their music room.

Is your school getting their fair share of Ritchies Community Benefit money?


Mt Waverley SES

Ritchies - Where Mt Waverley SES benefits!

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From left to right: Siska Waddington, Ritchies Staff member Stewart and Cameron Shepherdly.

Over the last two and half years the Waverley SES has received nearly $14,000 of donations through the support of Ritchies IGA Mount Waverley and the local community. Siska Waddington of the SES discusses the importance of the money donated through Ritchies' Community Benefit Scheme, "as a volunteer organisation the support generated through the Ritchies' and the community has been of great use to SES. The funds have been used for a range of purposes including the purchase of new equipment such as chainsaws and power tools. The Waverley SES is now seeking funds to fit out their third rescue truck (shown above) with equipment that will enable it to become fully operational. The SES would like to thank the Monash community and Ritchies IGA Mount Waverley for their generous support.

"Many Ritchies' stores throughout the State proudly support their local SES. The SES is a great organisation to support for residents who are no longer involved in other community groups as the work of the SES benefits the whole community", Penny Sayer, Community Benefit Promotion Officer.

You can nominate Waverley SES when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB number is 95183.


Narre Community Learning Centre

Narre Community Learning Centre is gratefully for the support of over $10,000 to our community Neighbourhood Learning Centre. This money is supporting disadvantage members of our community to get a second chance.

  • Young families: Support equipment for our Funtime program - 3 yr old pre kinder group, our playgroups and our childcare facilities for parents who need a break.
  • Youth - Young teenagers who are falling through the school systems and disengaging from society. Helping them Get Into Life again with our activities for the young.
  • Seniors - Help keep them healthy and activity with - Share and Care Craft activities, fitness programs, strengthening exercises and support groups.
  • Non English Speaking program - Support the many multicultural people learn to speak English and learn to participate in our community.
  • Literacy - We are helping some 200 people per year improve their literacy standards. We believe it is a basic right to be able to read and write and we provide this service to ALL who need it.

Our community benefit card contributions are vitally important for our organisation to provide concessions on classes, activities and childcare, the resources for literacy classes, children and youth programs and our Seniors.

Last year many peoples lives were alternated because they had access to affordable learning, which meant a reduction in street kids, and graffiti, some 25 people who learnt to read, over 50 seniors who's health improved as a direct result of our activities.

Why not find out more on our web site: www.narreclc.net.au

We are a Community Learning Centre making a different to our disadvantaged members of our community. We are “Building our Community through support and Learning”

The Ritchies Community Benefit card represents an investment in the future of many disadvantaged people to help them change their lives by gaining new skills. What's that saying” If you give someone a fish …. If you teach them to fish they will be feed for a lifetime...” we are teaching people to “FISH”.

Narre Warren Fire Brigade

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Narre Warren Fire Brigade has been serving the community in and around Narre Warren for the past 63 years having been established in 1944.

A fully volunteer CFA station, we currently have 36 operational fire-fighters and 15 operational support members. Last year our members responded to over 600 emergency calls including house fires, car accidents, factory fires and long duration calls to the North East of the State during the summer bushfires.

We are very grateful to Ritchies for supporting us through their “Community Benefits” scheme; much of the money donated has been used to replace aging equipment and to assist in the purchase of our Brigade Car.

Narre Warren SES

Donations to Narre Warren SES

We write to thank you for your generous support of the Narre Warren Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service.

Narre Warren SES is grateful for all donations as these enable us to run our vehicles, purchase and maintain equipment and better train our volunteers to meet the needs of the community.

Your assistance to the Narre Warren Unit is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely
Brett Reddy


National Breast Cancer Foundation


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Thank you very much for supporting National Breast Cancer Foundation and being part of the Pink Ribbon Campaign.

Did you know that 1 in 9 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? That's over 14,000 women a year. What a frightening statistic! And furthermore over 100 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year too. That means there are a lot of people affected by this disease each year, either directly or indirectly. That's why we need research more than ever.

I take great comfort in the progress research has made. When the National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer lost their battle. Less than twenty years later, that percentage has been halved - all due to research. So research does achieve positive outcomes!

Our goal at the National Breast Cancer Foundation is to have zero deaths from breast cancer by the year 2030.

By supporting the Pink Ribbon Campaign you are partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and helping us to achieve that goal.

AND there is something else I want to ask you to do today to assist breast cancer research. It doesn't cost any money! You can become a member of Register4 - it's free and it helps researchers do their work more efficiently and therefore make better use of the funds you are raising today.

What's Register4 do I hear you asking?

It's Australia's first online community where you can sign up to participate in breast cancer research, and we want YOU! In fact we want a million of you!

Please go to www.register4.org.au to learn all about it. You just have to be 18 or over to become a member - man or woman, history of cancer or not.

As a Register4 member you can volunteer your time on approved research projects of the highest standard and help the National Breast Cancer Foundation find a cure for breast cancer.

In the last year we have signed up over 26,000 members and in the last week to celebrate Register4's first birthday, we have signed up over 1450 new members and had almost 4000 members complete the first online research project, a Health & Lifestyle Questionnaire. Please join me at www.register4.org.au

Thank you very much for your support. I really appreciate it, as do all the families in Australia who have benefitted so far from research into breast cancer and those who will benefit in the future.

Best wishes,

Rhonda Burchmore
2011 Pink Ribbon Campaign Ambassador

You can also help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research by nominating the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB numbers are: 97799 (Vic), 97800 (NSW), 99306 (QLD)