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Austin Health

Austin Health

Austin Health is a major provider of patient care and treatment, health professional education and research.

Located in Heidelberg Victoria, Austin Health is world-renowned for its work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.

It comprises Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. Eight independent research institutions are based at Austin Health, where leading research is conducted in cancer, diabetes, respiratory disease, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, epilepsy and psychiatry.

For more information visit www.austin.org.au

If you would like to help raise funds for the Austin Hospital, their CB number is 90196.


Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation

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Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) is a not-for-profit organisation providing a centralised medium to connect you with your community members, which support all facets of Alopecia Areata. AAAF is working to establish a network of support groups throughout Australia, as meetings and talking to other people in the same situation can be a very valuable experience.

AAAF is raising funds to bring Alopecia Areata awareness into the community, through education AAAF is striving to eradicate the inequality of Alopecia Areata sufferers within our schools, our work environments and our governments. Alopecia Areata is an immunological disease under genetic control, which disrupts the normal biology of the hair follicle.

Today there is no cure! Today the treatments vary! Today we have hope! Please visit www.aaaf.org.au for more information. All our families would like to thank Ritchies and their customers for this wonderful Community Benefit program



Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

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We couldn’t continue our important work without friends like Ritchies Super IGA! Through Ritchies Community Benefit Card Program, shoppers are encouraged to give back by donating a percentage of their money spent to a nominated charity including Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors! We want to congratulate the team for being a finalist for the Commitment to Conservation Award at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner – well deserved!

Australian Aphasia Association

About aphasia and the Australian Aphasia Association

Imagine waking one morning and not being able to speak, read, write or understand what others are saying to you. This is the experience of many people with aphasia. Aphasia (a-faze-yuh) is a devastating communication disability caused by stroke or other injury to the brain. People with aphasia may have difficulty understanding and/or using language. They may have difficulty talking, listening, reading, writing and using numbers. Everyday activities such as answering the phone, ordering lunch at a restaurant, reading a book or writing a shopping list become frustrating experiences for the person with aphasia and their loved-ones. Social interaction can become a huge obstacle. For some, the condition can lead to relationship breakdowns, social isolation, loss of employment or favourite hobbies and depression.

Aphasia does not affect intelligence. People with aphasia are competent and intelligent. They often know what they want to say, they just have difficulties getting their messages out. It is estimated that more than 80,000 Australians have aphasia (that's 1 in 250 people!) as a result of stroke. It is also estimated that there are 8,600 people with new aphasia each year. Of these people, 60% still have aphasia after a year (based on Engelter, Bonati, & Lyrer, 2006). Aphasia is more common than Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis together, although little is known about it.

The Australian Aphasia Association (AAA) is a relatively new registered national charity, established to support and advocate for people living with aphasia. We aim to provide information, support and hope for those living with aphasia, both individuals and their families, and to help them find a new place in their communities.

Our goals are;

  • To develop an aphasia community
  • To help people with aphasia participate, and be included, in their own communities
  • To increase awareness & understanding of aphasia by providing information & education
  • Improve services for people with aphasia
  • Support the development of local aphasia support groups

For more information, visit our website: www.aphasia.org.au or email: [email protected]

You can nominate AAA when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.
CB No: 90735 (VIC)
CB No: 81402 (QLD)
CB No: 81128 (NSW)


Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF)

Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF)

At the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) our aim is to beat cancer by funding world-class research. Our funds are used to buy state-of-the-art equipment and technologies that speed up the discovery process – saving lives by saving time.

With your help, the next vaccine, screening technology or gene therapy is only a few years away. Together we can beat cancer, so please consider ACRF as your charity of choice when shopping at Richies.

Since 2006, the Ritchies Community Benefit Card Program has contributed towards world-class research into all types of cancers around the country. The Australian Cancer Research Foundation is grateful that Ritchies continue to support vital funding for research in the prevention, diagnosis and cure for all types of cancer.

How is the Australian Cancer Research Foundation different from other cancer charities?

There are many not-for-profit cancer foundations in the charitable giving sector, and all of us are doing fantastic work. But here are a few defining points that might help you distinguish the Australian Cancer Research Foundation from other cancer charities:

  • Our funds are used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and technologies that speed up the discovery process – ultimately working to save lives by saving time.
  • We fund research into ALL types of cancer, in only the best research institutes right across Australia.
  • Since our inception in 1984, the ACRF has provided almost $95 million to world-class research in Australia, two thirds of which has been awarded in just the last eight years. These contributions have been made possible entirely thanks to generous Australian individuals, companies and community groups – ACRF receives no government funding or assistance.

Help us make a difference by choosing us as your charity. Visit our website to know more about breakthrough cancer research: www.acrf.com.au or call us on 1300 884 988.


Australian Pain Management Association

The Australian Pain Management Association (APMA)

APMA is a health promotion charity providing support for sufferers of persistent (chronic) pain. APMA is head-quartered in Brisbane, where it is the only consumer health association for sufferers of persistent pain in Queensland, but welcomes members and supporters from all States and Territories in Australia. The organisation was established in 2009 in response to the need for improved and accessible information and services for people living with persistent pain, and to provide community support sufferers, their carers and families.

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APMA community support and services currently includes:

  • Pain Link helpline 1300 340 357
  • Pain Support Groups
  • Wellbeing magazine, quarterly
  • community education for developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles for people with persistent pain
  • Website and email information and support at www.painmanagement.org.au
  • Public speaking on persistent pain and its management
  • Lobbying for improved health services;
  • Lobbying for affordable safe and effective treatment options.

What is the impact of persistent pain on individuals?

Sufferers experience significant economic disadvantage as a result of persistent pain. The burden in terms of suffering and lifestyle impacts attributed to persistent pain is high. In addition to the daily pain, common adverse physical and psychological effects of chronic pain include:

  • insomnia
  • adverse drug effects such as nausea, dizziness, loss of concentration
  • disability, difficulty undertaking home duties, social and leisure activities
  • loss of employment, underemployment, interference with work
  • family and relationship disruption
  • psychological distress eg anxiety and depression
  • physical deconditioning eg muscle wasting, joint stiffening
  • premature death and suicide

If you want more information about persistent pain for yourself, or for a family member or friend, please visit our website at www.painmanagement.org.au or contact Pain Link on 1300 340 357. And please, help us to help others struggling with this insidious disease by nominating APMA as your nominated charity on your Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Our Community Benefit number is 81591.

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Carrigan

Secretary and CEO


Australian Prostate Cancer Research

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Australian Prostate Cancer Research

Australian Prostate Cancer Research is a national research organisation that partners with leading institutions to develop, fund and deliver national research programs. We are committed and driven to discover the killer cause in prostate cancer, improve patient outcomes and educate people on all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and patient care, thereby empowering men and their families. Australian Prostate Cancer Research addresses what some cancer streams already have; a national, collaborative research organisation that conducts and delivers national research programs across all areas of prostate cancer, right across Australia.

The Facts of Prostate Cancer

  • Australia has the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the world - 1 in 4 men diagnosed by age 85
  • Prostate cancer kills more men than breast cancer does women
  • Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed non-skin cancer in the country, costing taxpayers over $200m annually.

If you would like to help raise funds for this life saving research, their CB number is 82331.



Australian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS)

Help Australian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Cardiac arrhythmias can affect anyone & often the young, and culminate in a person dying very suddenly and unexpectedly. The Australian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation offers Support & Information to patients and families living with a cardiac arrhythmia disorder.

The Australian SADS Foundation was established in October 1998, after a Melbourne family had the Long QT Syndrome diagnosis made in four of their five children. They are working at furthering Awareness of Cardiac Arrhythmia Disorders in the young, in the hope that they may help to save lives.

There is still much to be learnt about the causes of heart arrhythmia disorders that can strike without warning to healthy fit young people. Often sufferers have no reason to suspect that their heart is vulnerable to such life threatening disorders.

Please visit the SADS website, www.sads.org.au for further information and read personal stories from others living with a cardiac arrhythmia.

If you would like to help SADS Australia in their life saving work, you can nominate them when you apply for your Ritchies Community Benefit Card. 1% of your total shopping bill will be donated to them on your behalf at no extra cost to you.

Their CB number is: 92251.


Balnarring Bowls Club

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Balnarring Assistant Store Manager, Ryan presenting a plaque to Norm Woods, Chairman, Balnarring Bowls Club. Norm Wood, Chairman of Balnarring Bowls Club said “On behalf of the members of Balnarring Bowls Club I sincerely thank Ritchies. We greatly appreciate the donation Ritchies has made to our club over the years. Ritchies donations help us to increase our financial resources which enables us to achieve the new goals we set for each season. The donations have been used to purchase "club owned” sets of bowls, which enables new bowlers to practice (before they purchase their own) and also to provide us with enough bowls to allow local school children to visit our club and enjoy the experience of playing lawn bowls.

We have also upgraded our sun screens to provide ample sun protection for our members. I would finally like to say " no great thing has ever been accomplished without somebody's crazy belief" and the belief of your founder has developed into a wonderful benefit for every community.”

Balnarring Fire Brigade

Balnarring Fire Brigade

Volunteer fire fighters from Balnarring Fire Brigade presented Ritchies CEO, Fred Harrison with a plaque to thank Ritchies for over $117,000 donated to them through Ritchies Community Benefit Program. Captain Kevin Berry said that this money had gone a long way towards paying for their new fire truck and is greatly appreciated by the brigade.