Ritchies Testimonials

Leukaemia Foundation Victoria


Left to right: Carrum Downs Service Supervisor, Ann; CD Store Manager, Matthew Skiller; Meaghan Bush, Fundraising Manager,
Leukaemia Foundation and Judy Rebecca, Community Benefit Program Manager

It is projected at approximately 2500 Victorians will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year; the equivalent of one every hour. It is estimated that every two hours, someone loses their life to one of these diseases.

Leukaemia Foundation

The Foundation's free support services includes information and resources, education and support programs, transportation to and from treatment, ‘home away from home' accommodation close to major hospitals, practical assistance and emotional support.

The Leukaemia Foundation does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies generously on the community to help us continue providing our services to our patients and their families free of charge.
This is why the Ritchies Community Benefits Card is a fabulous way for the community to help those Victorians living with Blood Cancers.

It's so easy to do, simply nominate the Leukaemia Foundation as your charity of choice and present your card for scanning every time you shop at a Ritchie's store and remember by doing this you certainly are making a difference in the lives of those people living with blood cancers.

CB Number: 92915.



Lifeline Melbourne provides counselling, support, information and referral over the phone, 24 hours a day, every day of the year through a single phone number, 13 11 14.

Lifeline counselling is provided by trained volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds. Counsellor training and supervision are coordinated by professionally qualified staff.

Lifeline Melbourne has about 440 volunteers and must train about 240 new volunteers each year to keep up with the demand for this service. The money donated through Ritchies Supermarkets helps train our volunteer counsellors and enables us to continue providing this valuable service to the community.

phone call“Being a Lifeline volunteer is a wonderful, challenging experience. I never expected it to be so rewarding.” Alicia, volunteer.

When someone calls Lifeline our volunteer counsellors take the time to listen, offering support and understanding. The counsellor works with the caller to consider their options and help them make decisions about what to do next. They can also provide information about further help available in the community.

“I've been a Lifeline volunteer counsellor for a long time, and am constantly touched by our callers' stories and courage. It's a privilege working for Lifeline, one of the great volunteer organisations, and working with such dedicated counselors.” Kay, volunteer.

Thank you to Ritchies customers for supporting this valuable community service.

Lifeline Melbourne is a program of Wesley Mission Melbourne, visit our website for more information, http://www.wesley.org.au/programs/lifeline.html.

Someone to talk to, someone to listen anytime day or night.


Macclesfield - Where the whole community benefits!


Many community groups benefit from donations through Ritchies Community Benefit Program, but in the community of Macclesfield they decided to do something different.

Rather than have some small groups getting only $10 a month or missing out because they didn't have enough supporters, community groups in Macclesfield decided to group together as the Macclesfield Community. They have received almost $93,000 to date (end of March 2008).

This money is looked after by the Macclesfield Primary School and distributed to the other recipients every six months.

The money is divided between Macclesfield Primary School; Macclesfield Fire Brigade; Avonsleigh Pre School; Macclesfield Pony Club; Macclesfield Netball Club; Macclesfield Scout Group; Macclesfield Auskick Clinic and Macclesfield Landcare.

What a great idea!

You can nominate Macclesfield Community when you apply for your Ritchies Community Benefit Card. Their CB number is 93946.


Maffra Hospital Auxiliary

Maffra Hospital Auxiliary says thanks to Ritchies!


The ladies auxiliary of the Maffra Hospital have been busy helping to raise funds to purchase equipment.

One of the ways this is done is through Ritchies Community Benefit Program, whereby the hospital year to date has received almost $16,000 (end March 2008) from Ritchies.

Peter, Ritchies Maffra Store Manager recently presented the ladies with a plaque in recognition of the fantastic work they do for the hospital.

Some of the money donated by Ritchies has helped to purchase pressure care mattresses, medical equipment, TV's, DVD players, floatation and massage chairs- a great benefit to many of the patients.

Keep up the good work ladies and if you would like to nominate Maffra Hospital Auxiliary you can do so at any Ritchies store.

Their CB number is 94721.


Maffra Primary School

Maffra Primary School says thanks for Ritchies Community Benefit Program!

Maffra Primary School

Pictured are Parents Club President, Sue Poynton, Principal, Chet Dervish, and Mike Richards from Ritchies.

Maffra Primary School Principal, Chet Dervish says thanks to Ritchies and those customers who have nominated the school to receive donations through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

He said “ The funds have provided a tremendous boost to literacy and numeracy resources in the school. We have been able to purchase a significant number of additional computers. The donations have also been used to fully equip a Cookery Centre which was established and is maintained by our Parents Club.”

Maffra Primary School has received over $62,000 to date from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Is your school getting the full benefit of donations through Ritchies Community Benefit Program?

Maffra Secondary College

Maffra Secondary College says Thanks!

Maffra Secondary College 2

Susanne Wilson, Assistant Principal at Maffra Secondary College says that the school has certainly benefited from Ritchies generosity over a number of years.

She said “The funds received through the Community Benefits Program have provided much needed equipment which has directly benefited your children. This equipment includes new Stoves and quality Saucepans for the Home Economics Centre, Data Projectors used by the various Faculties across the College and upgraded ICT facilities.

Over the past five years the monetary support for our school totalled more than $35,000. This is an amazing amount of money.

The College would like to thank Ritchies very much for their generosity and we ask that you continue to shop at Ritchies and nominate Maffra SC as your preferred organisation to benefit from this financial incentive. Every additional dollar that the College receives means better facilities and increased resources for your children.”

Maffra Secondary College 1

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish® Australia grants the Wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Established in 1985, Make-A-Wish® is the only organisation which focuses solely on Wish granting. Since its inception, Make-A-Wish Australia has granted over 6,700 Wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The granting of a Wish has the ability to make a positive and profound impact on a child. A recent independent study found that 97% of families surveyed acknowledged there was a ‘noticeable improvement' in their child's mental and emotional health following the granting of a Make-A-Wish Wish and that 75% of children experienced an improvement in their physical health. Wishes were also proven to have a positive influence on the parents and siblings of Wish children, the research findings illustrating that: 98% of parents found the Wish offered them hope and positive forward thinking and 92% affirmed a reduction in anxiety and fear among the Wish child's siblings.
This compelling new research is evidence of just how powerful a Wish can be and how a Wish experience can make a life-changing difference.
Make-A-Wish relies on the generosity of supporters, such as Ritchies shoppers, to assist us to grant the cherished Wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


For more information, please contact:
Make-A-Wish® Australia
PO Box 5006, Richmond
VIC 3121
Phone: 1800 032 260
Fax: (03) 9426 0799
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.makeawish.org.au

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria

Our vision is of a society in which mental illness will be understood and accepted.

Mental Illness Fellowship is Victoria's leading membership based not-for-profit organisation
working with people with mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well being. Join us and help to end the stigma.


  • Honesty
  • Acceptance
  • Equity
  • Flexibility
  • Commitment
  • Participation

This year we assisted 3,500 people affected by mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder who needed specialised assistance to overcome the disabilities these illnesses cause. We also work with their family, friends, carers and employers.

We create pathways for people to connect with education, employment, family and the broader community through our accommodation, rehabilitation, education and support services. We offer an information line, a resource centre, peer support and more.

Supporting MI Fellowship means we can do more work, for more people, more often.
Donate: You can make a one-off donation online, by phone or fax or become part of our regular giving program and support our initiatives throughout the year. Visit www.mifellowship.org to download donation forms or call (03) 8486 4200.
Ritchies: Nominate MI Fellowship Victoria as the recipient organisation on your Ritchies card, Community Benefit number 90757.
Membership: Become a member and help us improve the wellbeing of people with mental illness and their family and friends. To join telephone our Membership Coordinator on (03) 8486 4200 or email [email protected]
Opportunity Shops: Pick up a bargain or some treasure from our opportunity shops located at 602-604 High St East Kew and 454 High St Northcote.
Volunteer: Contribute to our work in the community by volunteering your time and expertise. Call (03) 8486 4200 or email [email protected] for information.

Their CB number is 90757.


Moorabbin Hospital Auxiliary


Moorabbin Hosptial Auxillary

Ritchies had donated over $12,000.00 to Moorabbin Hospital through the Community Benefit Program at the end of May 2008.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Moorabbin Hospital, Centre Rd Campus, do a wonderful job fundraising to help the Moorabbin Hospital buy more equipment for the patients.

Some of the items on the hospital's wish list were: bariatic shower chair; bladder scanner; Instrument trolley and a low bed for fall prevention. These items have been purchased through the efforts of the Ladies Auxiliary with their fundraising.

You can nominate Moorabbin Hospital Auxiliary through our Community Benefit Program.

Their CB no. is: 93942.


Mornington Breast Cancer Support

Mornington Breast Cancer Support

"We are a happy group of ladies who come together to support each other in their journey of recovery through "Breast Cancer". We meet for a coffee and chat and exchange notes and stories in a most happy environment. If you would like to support us please nominate Mornington Breast Cancer Support when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit card at any Ritchies supermarket or liquor store.

Our CB number is 93032.