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Alzheimer's Australia Vic

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An estimated 269,000 Australians currently live with dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough, this number is expected to soar to about 981,000 by 2050. Each week, there are approximately 1,500 new cases, with that number expected to grow to about 7,400 per week by 2050.

Alzheimer's Australia Vic is a non-profit organisation and Victoria's peak body dedicated to supporting people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide leadership in dementia policy, risk reduction and research. We provide education, information, counselling and referral services. We are here to assist all Victorians.
Alzheimer's Australia Vic has the people and expertise to listen to your concerns and provide the information, practical advice and support you may need.

We provide many services as listed below:
National Dementia Helpline
Speak with one of our professional consultants about dementia, discuss your needs and connect to a range of programs and services. The Helpline operates Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm.

Vic - Safe2Walk
This GPS based personal alert and location service provides increased independence for people living with dementia and peace of mind to family carers.

Vic - Counselling and support
Talk through your emotional, practical and family issues in confidence with one of our professional counsellors.

Vic - Living with Memory Loss Program
A Commonwealth funded national program for both people with early stage dementia and family members to get information and talk through issues in a group program.

Vic - Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service
A specialist telephone service available 24 hrs a day across Australia, which provides advice about managing behaviours of concern in people with dementia.

Vic - Services for people with Younger Onset Dementia
The term younger onset dementia is used to describe any form of dementia diagnosed in people under the age of sixty-five.

Vic - Multicultural services
Alzheimer's Australia Vic is committed to meeting the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. A number of strategies to better meet the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers from a CALD background are being implemented as part of our ongoing diversity initiatives within Alzheimer's Australia Vic.

Vic - Memory Lane Café
The Memory Lane Café program is available for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their family members.

Vic - Telephone Outreach Program
Support is provided through a fortnightly or monthly telephone call delivered by trained telephone advisors.

Vic - Support Groups
Share your experiences with others who understand in one of the many community based Support Groups.

Vic - Library and information service
Alzheimer's Australia Vic library is committed to providing access to quality dementia related information to people living with dementia.

If you require assistance please call the National Dementia Helpline at 1800 100 500 or check us out on our website at http://www.fightdementia.org.au/victoria.aspx for more information. If you would like to assist Alzheimer's Australia Vic with their fundraising you can nominate them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit card.

Their CB number: 92323.


Animal Aid

Ritchies Community Benefit program helps Victorian Animal Aid Trust!

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Animal Aid is much more than just a shelter; it is a multifaceted community resource. The wide range of animal related services they provide can help people understand their animals better and co-exist more harmoniously.

This work is made possible by the generosity of their supporters and by organisations just like Ritchie's. With their help, Animal Aid bring people and animals together, they provide refuge to stray and relinquished animals and facilitate education and training for people and their pets.

For more information please call 03 9739 0300 or visit www.animalaid.com.au.

If you would like to help Animal Aid, you can nominate them when you apply for your FREE Ritchies Community Benefit Card

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Animal Aid Protection Society

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The Animal Aid Protection Society (AAPS) was first incorporated in 1972 to address the need for an animal shelter in the South Eastern region of Melbourne, Victoria. The shelter handles mainly dogs and cats and aims to return as many as possible to their owners or re-home them to good homes.

AAPS is a community-based, non-government, not-for-profit organisation, which relies upon volunteers and community support for both the Animal Shelter and its five Opportunity Shops which provide essential financial support for the Shelter.

AAPS is committed to achieving its Charter which is "to work for the aid, assistance, protection and welfare of all animals".

Although most animals in our care are dogs and cats we accept ALL animals including native animals, farm animals, birds, ferrets, mice, rabbits and other domesticated animals.

Pictured is the Cat Retirement House with Penny Sayer, Community Benefit Promotions Officer and Ben Vandenberg and his family presenting a plaque on behalf of Ritchies.


Animal Tracks

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Our Native Wildlife needs your help!

“Animal Tracks are currently running a sanctuary for the native wildlife and are in the process of opening it up to the public. Our sanctuary is to promote conservation and preservation of wildlife.

We are involved in trying to preserve endangered species such as the Eastern Quoll, Woma Python and we are working on setting up facilities to help out with the Tasmanian Devil problem. We also take care of sick or injured wildlife at our sanctuary and we run educational courses to teach and inform people how to care for wildlife that has been injured. The donations from Ritchies would help us set up proper fencing and housing facilities that the animals need.

Donations also help us with feeding the animals and providing medical help to the ones that need it and general maintenance of these animals. We hope that we can open the sanctuary to people so that they can come and experience these animals and see how we care for them.

If you would like to help Andrew and Steph look after our native wildlife, you can nominate Animal Tracks to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Animal Track's CB No. is 81636

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Animal Welfare League of Qld

Animal Welfare League of Queensland

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THE Animal Welfare League of Qld takes care of approximately 10,000 strayed and abandoned animals annually from South East Queensland. The AWL receives no Federal or State Government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support.

The AWL specialises in the care, shelter, and rehoming of dogs and cats. Since 1959, the AWL has opened its doors and hearts to all companion animals in need. As well as providing on-site care at its two Rehoming Centres the AWL has a fostering and rehabilitation program that is second to none. We also operate two community vet clinics offering low-cost vet services to the public; one at Coombabah, the other at Ipswich.

As well as a high focus on rehoming, the AWL continues to increase community awareness about how to end the tragedy of pet overpopulation. Our goal is to bring an end to the euthanasia of healthy animals in Australia through legislative changes, education and awareness.

The AWL cannot continue its welfare work, caring for homeless animals, without the financial support of the community. The direct costs involved in the rehoming of each animal are approximately $500. This cost does not include the support staff that maintain the organisation, allowing the AWL to keep its doors open, or the veterinary clinics, which provide charitable veterinary care to the public.

The Animal Welfare League exists to:

  • Find safe and happy homes with responsible guardians for as many abandoned cats and dogs as possible
  • Achieve zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats and dogs
  • Prevent the birth of unwanted kittens and puppies
  • Improve humans' attitudes toward all animals through education
  • Improve the living conditions and treatment of animals in shelters and pounds
  • Find a positive solution for unowned cats
  • Raise the value of animals in society so that the intrinsic needs of each species are recognised, respected and met

We Believe:

  • Each and every life is valuable
  • Zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals is achievable
  • Cruelty is unacceptable
  • All animals deserve kind treatment
  • Every cat and dog born has a right to live happily in a loving, responsible home

Our Values

We believe that by working in harmony with integrity, optimism, initiative and innovation, we will achieve respect for all animals according to their individual needs and nature.

Website: www.awlqld.com.au
Phone: 07 5509 9036
Address: PO Box 3253, Helensvale Town Centre Qld 4212
Shelters: The Sanctuary, Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld 4216
Staplyton Shelter,Rossmans Road, Staplyton Qld 4207


The Ritchies Community Benefits program has helped to make a difference to Ardoch and the work we do.  Ardoch Youth Foundation is a charity that works with vulnerable children in disadvantaged communities providing education support and without the kindness of businesses like Ritchies, small charities like Ardoch could not exist.  The $16,213 we have received from Ritchies over the years has helped us to train volunteers that we place in disadvantaged schools and helps us to purchase items to be used in Emergency bags that are given out to children and their families experiencing crisis. We are truly grateful to Ritchies and to everyone who chooses to support Ardoch with their Community Benefit Card.

By using your free Ritchies Community Benefit card nominating Ardoch you can help raise the money to purchase these items.

CB number is 93650.

Arthritis Queensland

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Arthritis Queensland (which incorporates Osteoporosis Queensland) is a non-profit organisation, helping those living with the conditions of arthritis and osteoporosis. A community freed of the pain and disability of arthritis and osteoporosis is the Foundation's ultimate goal.

To this end, Arthritis Queensland strives to improve the quality of life for all Queenslanders affected by these disabilities and thereby indirectly alleviates the economic and social costs of arthritis and osteoporosis to the Queensland community.

Lee Ryan
Fundraising and Marketing Manager

CB Number: 99348


Aspendale Gardens Primary

Aspendale Gardens Primary top school!

Aspendale Gardens Primary School has received total donations of $209,074.39 to date. This makes them one of the top schools for monthly donations from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

New computers and digital cameras were the latest purchase helped along by donations from Ritchies.

Pictured below are students from Grades 5 & 6 photographing their artwork and then downloading to their computers.

Is your school getting the full benefit of donations through Ritchies Community Benefit Program? If you would like to nominate Aspendale Gardens Primary School, their CB number is 92972.


Asthma Foundation of Queensland

Asthma is sometimes overlooked as a serious health concern, yet it affects one in ten Australians—and one in six of our children. Asthma seriously affects the lives of 500,000 people and their families—in Queensland alone. The latest statistics show asthma takes at least one life each day in Australia, often targeting the youngest or oldest members of our families.

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How does the foundation aim to cut asthma's impact in our communities?

  • Give funding directly to world-class medical research projects in Queensland.
  • Boost new careers in asthma research with an important PhD scholarship program.
  • Provide free, practical asthma health information, education and workshops to the public.
  • Actively promote asthma health and safety within schools state-wide.
  • Provide asthma-specific training for health professionals.
  • Work with a commitment to making the world safer for all people suffering from asthma.

Operating from its heritage-listed headquarters in Fortitude Valley, the Asthma Foundation of Queensland employs over 45 people and is supported by an amazing team of volunteers. The foundation has been working to help asthma sufferers for 45 years.

The support of thousands of generous financial donors across the state—and of community-minded organisations like Ritchies Stores—makes our work possible. Although the asthma statistics are frightening, and have worsened in recent years, we believe the future is bright. This optimism is fuelled by the passion we see in Queensland's researchers, educators, health workers and charity supporters. On behalf of all people affected by asthma—we send a sincere thank-you to Ritchies Stores and Ritchies' customers. Our CB number is: 99303.


Asthma Foundation of Victoria

Ritchies and Asthma - 17 Years Straight

Through Ritchies Stores' Community Benefit Card Scheme, customers have been able to nominate a percentage of their purchases to a proposed charity, school or community group.

Robin Ould, CEO, Asthma Foundation of Victoria said, 'The Asthma Foundation of Victoria would like to thank Ritchies Supermarkets for their generous support over many years. We are thrilled to announce that Ritchies and our donors throughout Victoria who shop at Ritchies have raised over $120,806.06 (end April 2011) for the Foundation since our relationship commenced in 1994.

In many ways, Ritchies Stores have the led the way with involving the community in giving. This dates back to 1870 when Ritchies was established and Thomas Ritchie opened a grocery store in Frankston, with the intention of donating part of his profit back to the community. We are grateful for their contribution.'

The Community Benefit Card is free and can be collected from any Ritchies supermarket or liquor store throughout Victoria. There is no requirement to give your name or other details, just nominate the Asthma Foundation of Victoria. Your card will be issued immediately and can be used straight away in any Ritchies store. Simply present your card for scanning every time you shop at Ritchies and a percentage of your purchase value will automatically go to the Asthma Foundation.