Ritchies Testimonials




More than 400 young people each week are helped by Emerald’s non-profit youth services group, Echo, which in turn has been financially supported by Ritchies Community Benefit Program. Customers shopping at Ritchies who have nominated Echo Inc had helped Ritchies donate over $112,880.00 at the end of April 2010.

Ritchies Emerald, Store Manager, Peter Van Enk, along with Community Benefit promotions officer, Penny Sayer (both on left) presented a plaque to Echo Director, Wayne Collins and Echo Youth Worker, Kyria Perry on the right.

If you would like to help Echo to provide services to the youth of the area, you can nominate them to receive a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 94190.

ECHO Inc - Emerald Club for Hope and Outreach

ECHO’s director Wayne Collins

ECHO Inc. was founded over 20 years ago as a completely volunteer organisation. From a team of 2 adult and 6 teenage volunteers, ECHO now has a limited number of staff and an extraordinary team of over 80 volunteer young people, young adults and adults.

ECHO's focus is on reaching and empowering teenagers and young adults (aged 12 - 25 years) in Emerald and surrounding areas. ECHO is an active member of a vibrant and supportive community in Emerald. The amazing community support received by ECHO is clearly illustrated by the generous contributions ECHO has received over many years from the Ritchie's Community Benefit Card System.

As a non-profit organisation ECHO relies on the support of many individuals and groups as well as grant support from philanthropic trusts and government grants. The Ritchie's support is a vital part of enabling ECHO to continue to serve teenagers and young people in Emerald.

ECHO's activities are all peer-led programs. A number of ECHO's programs run on a weekly basis during term time and others run weekly throughout the year. In addition ECHO has regular camps, conferences and training opportunities all designed to support, encourage and equip teenagers & young adults. Through contact with young people in our programs, ECHO is able to provide professional crisis support to those individuals in need - this is a vital service as ECHO is the only non-government agency in the Emerald area providing crisis and support services specifically for young people.

Based on census data and attendance records, it is estimated that in a single term, ECHO will have contact with approximately 25% of the population in the Emerald area aged 12 - 18 years.

On behalf of ECHO, I would like to thank Ritchie's and their customers who have supported ECHO through the Ritchie's
Community Benefit Card System.

Wayne Collins,
ECHO Director