Ritchies Testimonials

Teenagers Road Accident Group (TRAG)

Ritchies Community Benefit Program helps save lives!

Teenagers Road Accident Group (TRAG) is a group of volunteers dedicated to highlighting the awareness of young people to the dangers of driving on our roads today.

Their aim:

  • To reduce teenager's involvement in road trauma through education
  • To encourage the safe use of a motor vehicle
  • To raise awareness of the devastating effect that road trauma has on families and friends

If you would like to help T.R.A.G. to send its life saving message to our young people, you can nominate them to receive a donation through our Community Benefit Program.

Their CB Number is: 90257


The Animal Rehoming Service (TARS)


Bessiebelle as a stray Bessiebelle's pampered new life

The Animal Rehoming Service (TARS) is a Melbourne based, not-for-profit service that finds permanent new homes for unwanted pets; from tropical goldfish to champion horses, but the vast majority are dogs and cats. To date, over 800 animals have been successfully rehomed through the service.

It operates by putting owners who have to relinquish their pets, in touch with people wanting to adopt them, thus saving pets from the harrowing and sometimes fatal experience of being sent to pounds.

Foster people care for those animals who find themselves truly homeless. New foster carers are always needed, as many adopt the dogs and cats they've taken in!

For more information on adopting or fostering a pet, please contact Michaela on 0409 213 131.

If you would like to help The Animal Rehoming Service to care for and find great homes for the many unwanted animals that pass through the service, you can nominate them when you apply for your FREE Community Benefits Card at any Ritchies Supermarket.

Their CB number is: 80643


The Austin Research Institute

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The Austin Research Institute is a leading Australian medical research institute committed to researching new treatments for diseases that affect the health of men, women and children in our community.

Their major areas of medical research include: Cancer - breast, prostate, ovarian, lung, colon; Infection - malaria, rotavirus, SARS; Inflammation - arthritis, lupus, kidney inflammation, multiple sclerosis; Transplantation - organ transplantation and diabetes. Research at the Austin Research Institute uses the most recent advances in genetic structural biology and immunology, which are designed to:

  • Further the knowledge and contribution to medical research
  • Discover new ways of detecting and eradicating disease
  • Assist society by generating new treatments which will ultimately reduce health costs for the future
  • Translate laboratory research with clinical trials

By translating research from bench to bedside the Austin Research Institute is working towards generating better medicines sooner.
If you would like to assist with this Research for Life nominate The Austin Research Institute (CB No: 90124) when you apply for your Ritchies Community Benefit Card and present your card to the cashier every time you shop.


The Australian Conservation Foundation

Woman on rocks

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is committed to inspiring people to achieve a healthy environment forall Australians. For 40 years we have been a strong voice for the environment, promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships. We work with the community, business and government to protect, restore and sustain our environment.

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Our conservation programs include: Climate Change, Northern Australia (Indigenous focus), biodiversity conservation andsustainable landscapes, protection for our rivers including the Murray River, forest conservation, GreenHome, marine and our Asia Pacific campaign (currently focussing on Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste).

Since 1966, we have focussed on the most important and urgent environmental problems, seeking change with lasting political, economic and social support. ACF has played a key role in increasing protection for some of Australia's most outstanding natural assets including the Franklin River, Kakadu, the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier. Our work with governments, industry groups and the general community has yielded many achievements, including:

ACF tackles Climate Change with Al Gore

waterfallOur greatest challenge in 2006 was the issue that affects not only Australia's environment, but humanity's very ability to survive - climate change. As we have seen from the recent interest in the press, momentum is building all over the world to take action on the urgent issue of climate change. ACF is at the forefront of this welcome and long overdue movement and has been working in partnership with former US Vice President Al Gore to train Australians to educate their local communities about the reality of climate change.

In November 2006 a special group of 85 people from across Australia were selected by ACF to be personally trained by Al Gore to deliver the powerful climate change presentation featured in Academy Award® winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. These presenters have each committed to deliver a minimum of 10 presentations over the course of the next 12 months. This will carry the climate change message to tens of thousands of Australians from many different regions and walks of life. If you would like to find our more about climate change and receive a free ACF Climate Change Action Kit, visit www.acfonline.org.au/climatechange

The wonderful successes we achieved for Australia's environment simply wouldn't have been possible without the support of companies such as Ritchies. Thank you to all the Ritchies customers for choosing to support ACF!

For more information visit www.acfonline.org.au

The Butterfly Foundation

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The Butterfly Foundation is a national organisation that provides direct support to Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image. The foundation is dedicated to changing the culture, policy and practice in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and to raising awareness of eating disorders as a serious social, medical and mental health issue.

The Butterfly Foundation provides support for intervention, prevention, research and treatment programs.

You can check their website at www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

You'll help yourself to savings and help raise money for the Butterfly Foundation at the same time by using your Ritchies Community Benefit Card with every transaction.Their CB number is 91700.


Timboon and District Healthcare Service

Timboon Health Care Service very much appreciates the support they receive from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

John Renyard, President of the Board of Management said “We are indeed fortunate that many members of the community have nominated Timboon and District Healthcare Service as the beneficiary of the Community Benefit Program.

The cumulative sum of $176,920.56 (end Dec 2010) since the introduction of the Community Benefit Program some seven or so years ago has been used to contribute to the purchase of major medical equipment and facilities upgrade assisting Timboon and District Health Service to provide a high standard of patient care for our local community.

Maintaining and replacing medical equipment is expensive. For example, last year together with a bequest and community donations and the funds from Ritchies, we were able to purchase new cardiac monitoring equipment at the total cost of $89,000. In previous years funds from Ritchies have assisted with the upgrade of the operating theatre with items such as a new operating theatre table (Total cost $61,244), new theatre lights (Total cost $20,250) and the requirement to upgrade air conditioning and air flows to the operating theatre to meet Australian Standards at a cost of $65,000.

We look forward to the continuing support of Ritchies through the Community Benefit Program which as you can see has contributed significantly to our health care service.”

If you would like to help the development of a new community services wing and the expansion of community services in Timboon - the next projects for the hospital, you can nominate Timboon and District Health Service at your local Ritchies store.

Their CB number is 93663.


Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade

Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade would like to say thanks to all those Ritchies customers who have nominated them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Members of the Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade were presented with a plaque from Ritchies Pakenham store manager.

Neil Rennardson, 2nd Lt & Training Officer for Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade wanted to let you know that their Slip On has been in constant use since late November 2006.

Toomuc Rural Fire BrigadeIt left the station, with about 800 kilometres on the clock in late November for the fires in NSW, it was then deployed to Mt Beauty / Falls Creek, then on to Bairnsdale to be used SE of Dargo. It has been manned by Toomuc brigade with help from the Pakenham brigade.

If you would like to help our volunteer fire fighters in their lifesaving work, you can nominate them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program. All CFA's are listed under Fire Brigade on the donations list.

Toomuc CFA's CB number is: 92198.


Variety Christmas Party for Special Children

Ritchies Community Benefit Card helps Special Children!

Variety Christmas Party for Special Children

The Variety Christmas Party for Special Children is a project catering for over 5,000 of Victoria's disabled, disadvantaged and seriously ill children ranging from 1 year to 17 years old. With the support of caring businesses, these children are able to share a special day with children from similar backgrounds and circumstances at a special time of year for children - Christmas.

The day is filled with educational activities, dancing, stage performers, rides, celebrities and sporting heroes. Carers and parents also benefit as Christmas gifts, show bags and treats are given to all 5,000 plus children…as a small way to ease the burden at this traditionally expensive time of year.

Variety Christmas Party for Special Children

Our community project brings together children from all over Greater Melbourne from around 250 special developmental schools, hospitals, welfare organisations and charitable groups. By nominating our project when shopping at your local Ritchie's store your contribution will help send some special little boys and girls to this truly magical day. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring children, or just to find out more about this wonderful project, visit www.christmasparty.com.au.

Another way of helping is to nominate Christmas Party for Special children, CB No.95584, when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.


Variety, the Children's Charity (NSW)


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Variety, the children's charity (NSW), is part of an Australia wide not for profit organisation committed to transform and enrich the lives of special needs or disadvantaged children, from newborn to age eighteen, and their families, schools, hospitals and support organisations under three umbrella programs:

The Variety Freedom Program: provides for mobility, communication devices and independence such as wheelchairs, Liberty swings and Sunshine coaches

The Variety Caring for Kids Program: supports health services including children's hospitals, intensive care units and specialised medical services

The Variety Future Kids Program: helps special needs or disadvantaged children through scholarships and other ways.
Through both direct individual appeals and umbrella appeals from organisations, Variety provides special needs and disadvantaged children with independence, self esteem and confidence, life skills and happiness .

We believe that when you support a child through Variety, you support a family and by supporting a family, you then support a community.

Please nominate us to receive a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit program. Our CB number: 95843.

Simon Harris
Fundraising & Development Manager
Variety, the Children's Charity (NSW)

p: 02 9819 1014
m: 0406 337 399
f: 02 9555 1594
e: simon.harris@varietynsw.org.au w: www.varietynsw.org.au


Very Special Kids


Very Special Kids Supporting families of seriously ill children.

Sadly, there are many children in Australia who are diagnosed with an illness that threatens their young lives.  Their time is precious and their families treasure every moment with them.  These families face many challenges and uncertain futures and that’s where Very Special Kids come in.

Very Special KidsVery Special Kids is a unique Victorian not for profit organisation which aims to enhance the quality of life for these families, from diagnosis through to recovery or bereavement. 

Support services include counselling, sibling support, bereavement support, trained family support volunteers and care at Very Special Kids House – Victoria’s only and Australia’s first hospice for children (providing respite and end-of-life care).

There are eight offices around the state to ensure families in regional, rural and outer suburban areas, can access our support.

It costs approximately $4 million per year to operate Very Special Kids.  The organisation relies substantially on the generous support of the community and corporate partners to carry out it services which are offered free of charge to families.

For more information on Very Special Kids, please visit vsk.org.au

If you would like to nominate Very Special Kids, their CB No is: 90198.