Ritchies Testimonials

Cobram Cancer Support Group

What a great idea! The Principal of the local Primary school writes

Cobram Cancer Support Group

“Grade 6 Scholarship: We have received a very generous donation from the Cancer Support Group of Cobram, in memory of Lil McKean. Diana Bourchier, the group's facilitator, contacted me a while ago to ask for suggestions of how the group could provide an ongoing means for the community to remember Lillian's contribution to our school.

They have provided funds for a $200 annual scholarship to be awarded to a Grade 6 student who is “…hardworking, a good contributor, and in general a good community member of the school - all the qualities that Lilly had.” The money may be used to help get the student set up for secondary school.

The scholarship is funded by the group using money they received through the Ritchies Community Benefit scheme.

Coeliac Society

Coeliac Australia – Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland

We would like to thank Ritchies for their generous Community Benefit Program.

Ritchies’ customers can assist us raise funds for Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania; or, Coeliac NSW/ACT or; Coeliac Queensland by using your Community Benefits Card when shopping at Ritchies IGA in your area.

Coeliac Australia is a national not-for-profit association, comprising five state organisations supporting people with coeliac disease.

Our vision is:  To enhance the quality of life of people with coeliac disease and those medically diagnosed as requiring a gluten free diet for life and to support research towards a cure or other ethical forms of treatment.

If undiagnosed, eating gluten containing foods causes a reduction of the surface area of the small bowel which can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Inflammation also results in problems that can affect the bones, joints, skin and other organs, such as the liver and brain.

Today there is no cure!  The only current treatment involves a lifelong and strict avoidance of gluten in the diet which leads to healing of the bowel and better health.

We provide various pathways to network with other people in the same situation such as support group meetings, social media forums and regular news. 

In most States of Australia, those medically diagnosed with requiring a gluten free diet can visit the support centre to receive face to face information from experienced staff and volunteers.

Membership is an important tool in adapting a gluten free lifestyle.

Membership provides a great range of resources in the new member kit as well as ongoing updates of research and resources.

Ritchies IGA stores have a great range of gluten free foods to purchase.

For more information:

Online:  www.coeliac.org.au

Phone: 1300 458 836

You can nominate the your State’s Coeliac organisation when you apply for your free Community Benefit Card at any Ritchies store.

CB NO: 94214 (VIC); 97120 (NSW); 81064 (QLD)


Crohns & Colitis Australia

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About Crohn's & Colitis Australia (CCA)
CCA is a not for profit organisation that has been in operation and supporting the Australian community for over 25 years.
CCA is the national peak body for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic illnesses collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our goals are to deliver services that inform, support and care for people living with IBD in Australia and to promote research aimed at finding a cure.
There are more than 70,000 people in Australia affected by IBD, some 28,000 with Crohn's disease and approximately 33,000 with ulcerative colitis. The number of people in Australia living with IBD is expected to rise by more than 23 per cent in the next decade (Access Economics Report, 2007).

What is Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis?
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD) are medical conditions effecting over 70,000 people in Australia, there is no known cure. Crohn's and Colitis are generally a ‘young' person's illness usually being diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35 although it can affect all age groups and demographics.
The symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease include bleeding, fever, fatigue, bloating, pain and most socially debilitating is frequent diarrhoea which means that the need for access to a toilet is sometimes extremely urgent and not being able to access one can result in physical pain and embarrassment. IBD can impact physical fitness, medication and surgery can impact bone and muscle strength.
Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the full thickness of the bowel wall and may involve any part of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation of the inner lining of the large bowel. Sometimes people get confused between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The two conditions are quite different and so are their treatments.

What is the Can't Wait card Campaign?
The campaign is about nviting retailers, business owners and venue operators to show their support for people with the medical condition IBD, by displaying a window sticker recognising the Can't Wait Card in their store.
By recognising the card, retailers, businesses and venue operators allow people with IBD access to their toilets when needed.

How does the Can't Wait Card work?
The Can't Wait Card is issued to members of CCA who have been formally diagnosed with Crohn's or colitis (IBD). The card displays the diagnosed person's name and CCA member number, and identifies that person as someone who requires urgent access to a toilet due to a medical condition.
When a Can't Wait card is presented, the retailer, business or venue operator will allow access to their toilet.

How can you help?
Our aim is to get the ‘Can't Wait' card widely recognised by the business community so retailers can provide better access to toilets. The ‘Can't Wait' card could make a significant difference to the lives of many people and give them greater confidence that they can access toilet facilities when and where they need them.
The other way you can help is to nominate the Crohn's & Colitis Association as the beneficiary of a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Francesca Manglaviti

Chief Executive Officer


Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children. In
CF normal mucus changes to a thick, sticky substance which affects the tiny air passages in the lungs. It also causes problems in the pancreas preventing the release of enzymes needed for the digestion of food. People with CF, even very young children, require vigorous daily physiotherapy to keep their lungs clear and take up to 40 tablets a day to replace digestive enzymes. Cystic Fibrosis is incurable and average life expectancy is mid to late thirties.

What does Cystic Fibrosis NSW (CF NSW) do?

CF NSW provides support and services to people with CF and their carers including: counselling; assistance at home with airway clearance; home and hospital visits; advice regarding entitlements and financial assistance. We promote support within the CF community and run a peer support programme which trains adults with CF to be peer support leaders to provide advice and support for younger people with CF. Our Country Outreach programme provides extra services to people living in remote areas including regular visits by a social worker, a free call telephone service and a country clinic
outreach programme. CF NSW makes a significant contribution each year to the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust to fund research relating to CF; including its cause, treatment and sociological factors.

Furthermore CF NSW advocates for the CF Community, seeks to increase public awareness and provides information to the CF community and the wider public.

CFNSW would like to thank Ritchies for their generous support. CFNSW relies on donations from companies and individuals to enable us to support the CF community. If you would also like to help raise funds for CFNSW you can do so by nominating CFNSW when you apply for your Community Benefits Card. Our number is 91596.


Dandenong South Primary School

Dandenong South Primary School thanks Ritchies!

Dandenong South Primary

Mary Sampieri, Welfare Officer-Leading Teacher at Dandenong South Primary School said “The Ritchies CB Program has enabled our school to provide a much needed breakfast club for our students. We greatly appreciate the help we have received over the years from Ritchies. Thanks again Ritchies!

You can help Dandenong South with their breakfast club by nominating them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card. Their CB number is 94024.


Depression Net

Depression Net

The Ritchies donations (almost $6,000 to date) over the years have helped depressioNet continue it's wonderful work in providing a “one stop shop” for information, help and 24 hour support for people living with depression, their families, friends, colleagues and communities.


depressioNet provides information, help and 24 hr support on all aspects of depression in a language people can understand and relate to.

Pictured here is Claire, depressioNet's Fundraising Manager and Jo, depressioNet's Resources Coordinator at the very successful Ritchies Ringwood North Promotion.

Visit www.depressionservices.org.au for more information.

Diabetes Australia Queensland

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About Diabetes Australia-Queensland

Diabetes Australia-Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation, is the peak body for people with diabetes in Queensland. It has a mission-to improve the lives of people living with the disease,provide them and their families with up-to-date information and to find a cure. For over 40 years, the organisation has worked to turn diabetes around in Queensland. This purpose drives everything it does - from developing awareness and prevention programs to detection and management strategies to the ultimate goal-finding a cure. Diabetes Australia-Queensland has a range of programs that provide ongoing education, support and advice to health professionals, government, researchers, valued members, National Diabetes Services Scheme registrants and the broader community. Our organisation is committed to delivering a range of initiatives and programs to raise community awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and to help prevent the incidence of type 2 diabetes. There are also detection campaigns to ensure diabetes is diagnosed early along with management programs to support people who have all types of diabetes. Turning diabetes around is not something we can do alone -we work hand-in-hand with government, other health organisations, media and community groups to support them to educate, advise and develop programs that improve the health of people living with, or at risk, of diabetes. Diabetes is at epidemic proportions -the impact of this disease and its related complications are like a tsunami flooding our health system and the economic effects on the workforce from lost productivity. Our programs are designed to stem this tide and assist people to make better lifestyle choices through education and prevention, and in partnership with government in molding the health agenda. Diabetes Australia - Queensland took over 120,000 calls last year from people seeking information and support. There are eight EXPOsing events (2,000 people attended) held throughout Queensland last year from the Gold Coast to Brisbane and Cairns to Mt Isa. This program is designed to empower people through education and support and through tailored educational programs for local health professionals. It continues to be rolled out in 2010. In 2009, Diabetes Australia-Queensland raised over $160,000 to help in our mission to turn diabetes around.

Did you know?

With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin because the cells which make insulin have been destroyed by the immune system. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin injections to control their blood glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 10-15% of all people with diabetes. Five people a day are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Queensland everyday Type 2 diabetes affects 85-90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects mature adults, younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and is strongly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and extra weight a round the waist. Over 50 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Queensland everyday. By 2031, Queensland will need three hospitals the size of the PA to care for people with diabetes Gratitude Diabetes Australia-Queensland is grateful to everyone who chooses to support us by using the Ritchie's Community Card. Your donation will help Diabetes Australia-Queensland to continue to support, educate and raise awareness of diabetes.

Their CB number is 99309.


Diabetes Australia Victoria


Each year the Diabetes Australia Research Trust awards grants to researchers for important diabetes research projects. Dr Andrikopoulos is one researcher who was awarded funding in 2010 for his research into the beta-cell physiology. New grants are awarded every November on World Diabetes Day and there are always many worthwhile projects that miss out.

Dr Andrikopoulos from Melbourne University is studying a condition that causes cells in the pancreas to stop secreting the essential hormone - insulin - to control blood glucose levels. His research could be the key we have been searching for to prevent diabetes.

He says “Through research we have been able to provide better therapies and management strategies that have resulted in an improved quality of life and reduced the burden of diabetes complications. Some significant improvements over the past decade, including pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring, and improved insulin formulations have all been possible as a direct result of the efforts of passionate and dedicated researchers such as myself. I urge you to support medical research so that together we can find a cure for diabetes.”

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Type 1 diabetes is caused by the destruction or dysfunction of insulin-producing beta cells by the immune system. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where beta cells decline more gradually over time, and insulin resistance also plays a large role in the disease.

Diabetes Australia - Victoria is currently raising funds to assist us to award funding to some other vital research projects. With us coming to the end of the financial year, it is a good time for many to make people to make a gift, as it means you do not have to wait for long to receive your tax deduction.

With your support you can help people like Dr Andrikopoulos secure funding for research into diabetes. Please help us fund important research projects so we can better understand the causes of diabetes and, in the future, find a cure.

For more information about Diabetes Australia - Victoria or to make a donation go to www.diabetesvic.org.au or call 1300 136 588.

Who we are

Since 1953 Diabetes Australia - Vic (DA-Vic) has been the peak consumer body and leading charity representing all people affected by diabetes and those at risk. Our purpose is to minimise the impact of diabetes in the community, to help all people affected by diabetes and to contribute to the search for a cure. Our work covers type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, as well as programs for people at risk.

Diabetes facts

  • Diabetes continues to be the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia and the sixth leading cause of death. An estimated 275 Australians develop diabetes every day.
  • 1.5 million Australians have diabetes, but only half know they have it. For every person known to have type 2 diabetes, another is yet to be diagnosed. The cost to the Australian healthcare system of diabetes is estimated to be at least $3 billion.
  • Complications of diabetes are serious and can include heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney damage and amputations.

2009 Highlights

  • We contributed $800,000 to our Diabetes Australia Research Trust in support of diabetes research.
  • We increased our membership to 42,000 and enhanced our support and services. Our call centre staff responded 471,000 telephone enquiries and our Advocacy Officer received calls for help from 230 new contacts this year.
  • Our drivers collected clothing and household goods from 143,000 Victorian households.
  • Our state-wide type 2 diabetes prevention initiative, Life! Taking Action on Diabetes, completed its first year. The program is for Victorians aged 50 and over who are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and for all Victorian adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • We continued national coordination of the Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) program, a five-day self-management program for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • 222 campers aged 8 -17 headed to one of our diabetes camps to gain diabetes management skills and meet new friends.
  • Our community support groups celebrated their 40 year anniversary. We currently have 66 groups involving around 1300 people.
  • We developed Feltman, a culturally appropriate resource for Indigenous Victorians which aims to assist health workers in teaching the community about diabetes.
  • We extended the Cultural Diversity Program to include Macedonian and Spanish resources, adding to the Arabic, Cantonese, Greek Italia, Mandarin, Turkish and Vietnamese resources already on offer.

Thank you

Diabetes Australia - Vic would like to thank Ritchies for their generous support throughout the years. The total donated is more than $200,000 over the last 16 years!

Many of our vital programs do not receive government funding, thus we rely heavily on donations and community support to help the 210,000 Victorians living with diabetes and those at risk.

Diabetes Australia CB Number: 90746