Ritchies Testimonials

Mt Waverley Primary School

Ritchies - where Mt Waverley Primary School benefits!

South Gippsland Animal Aid

Mount Waverley Primary School has used the money from Ritchies Community Benefit Program to purchase equipment for their music room.

Is your school getting their fair share of Ritchies Community Benefit money?


Mt Waverley SES

Ritchies - Where Mt Waverley SES benefits!

South Gippsland Animal Aid

From left to right: Siska Waddington, Ritchies Staff member Stewart and Cameron Shepherdly.

Over the last two and half years the Waverley SES has received nearly $14,000 of donations through the support of Ritchies IGA Mount Waverley and the local community. Siska Waddington of the SES discusses the importance of the money donated through Ritchies' Community Benefit Scheme, "as a volunteer organisation the support generated through the Ritchies' and the community has been of great use to SES. The funds have been used for a range of purposes including the purchase of new equipment such as chainsaws and power tools. The Waverley SES is now seeking funds to fit out their third rescue truck (shown above) with equipment that will enable it to become fully operational. The SES would like to thank the Monash community and Ritchies IGA Mount Waverley for their generous support.

"Many Ritchies' stores throughout the State proudly support their local SES. The SES is a great organisation to support for residents who are no longer involved in other community groups as the work of the SES benefits the whole community", Penny Sayer, Community Benefit Promotion Officer.

You can nominate Waverley SES when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB number is 95183.


Narre Community Learning Centre

Narre Community Learning Centre is gratefully for the support of over $10,000 to our community Neighbourhood Learning Centre. This money is supporting disadvantage members of our community to get a second chance.

  • Young families: Support equipment for our Funtime program - 3 yr old pre kinder group, our playgroups and our childcare facilities for parents who need a break.
  • Youth - Young teenagers who are falling through the school systems and disengaging from society. Helping them Get Into Life again with our activities for the young.
  • Seniors - Help keep them healthy and activity with - Share and Care Craft activities, fitness programs, strengthening exercises and support groups.
  • Non English Speaking program - Support the many multicultural people learn to speak English and learn to participate in our community.
  • Literacy - We are helping some 200 people per year improve their literacy standards. We believe it is a basic right to be able to read and write and we provide this service to ALL who need it.

Our community benefit card contributions are vitally important for our organisation to provide concessions on classes, activities and childcare, the resources for literacy classes, children and youth programs and our Seniors.

Last year many peoples lives were alternated because they had access to affordable learning, which meant a reduction in street kids, and graffiti, some 25 people who learnt to read, over 50 seniors who's health improved as a direct result of our activities.

Why not find out more on our web site: www.narreclc.net.au

We are a Community Learning Centre making a different to our disadvantaged members of our community. We are “Building our Community through support and Learning”

The Ritchies Community Benefit card represents an investment in the future of many disadvantaged people to help them change their lives by gaining new skills. What's that saying” If you give someone a fish …. If you teach them to fish they will be feed for a lifetime...” we are teaching people to “FISH”.

Narre Warren Fire Brigade

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Narre Warren Fire Brigade has been serving the community in and around Narre Warren for the past 63 years having been established in 1944.

A fully volunteer CFA station, we currently have 36 operational fire-fighters and 15 operational support members. Last year our members responded to over 600 emergency calls including house fires, car accidents, factory fires and long duration calls to the North East of the State during the summer bushfires.

We are very grateful to Ritchies for supporting us through their “Community Benefits” scheme; much of the money donated has been used to replace aging equipment and to assist in the purchase of our Brigade Car.

Narre Warren SES

Donations to Narre Warren SES

We write to thank you for your generous support of the Narre Warren Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service.

Narre Warren SES is grateful for all donations as these enable us to run our vehicles, purchase and maintain equipment and better train our volunteers to meet the needs of the community.

Your assistance to the Narre Warren Unit is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely
Brett Reddy


National Breast Cancer Foundation


Pink Ribbon

Thank you very much for supporting National Breast Cancer Foundation and being part of the Pink Ribbon Campaign.

Did you know that 1 in 9 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? That's over 14,000 women a year. What a frightening statistic! And furthermore over 100 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year too. That means there are a lot of people affected by this disease each year, either directly or indirectly. That's why we need research more than ever.

I take great comfort in the progress research has made. When the National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer lost their battle. Less than twenty years later, that percentage has been halved - all due to research. So research does achieve positive outcomes!

Our goal at the National Breast Cancer Foundation is to have zero deaths from breast cancer by the year 2030.

By supporting the Pink Ribbon Campaign you are partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and helping us to achieve that goal.

AND there is something else I want to ask you to do today to assist breast cancer research. It doesn't cost any money! You can become a member of Register4 - it's free and it helps researchers do their work more efficiently and therefore make better use of the funds you are raising today.

What's Register4 do I hear you asking?

It's Australia's first online community where you can sign up to participate in breast cancer research, and we want YOU! In fact we want a million of you!

Please go to www.register4.org.au to learn all about it. You just have to be 18 or over to become a member - man or woman, history of cancer or not.

As a Register4 member you can volunteer your time on approved research projects of the highest standard and help the National Breast Cancer Foundation find a cure for breast cancer.

In the last year we have signed up over 26,000 members and in the last week to celebrate Register4's first birthday, we have signed up over 1450 new members and had almost 4000 members complete the first online research project, a Health & Lifestyle Questionnaire. Please join me at www.register4.org.au

Thank you very much for your support. I really appreciate it, as do all the families in Australia who have benefitted so far from research into breast cancer and those who will benefit in the future.

Best wishes,

Rhonda Burchmore
2011 Pink Ribbon Campaign Ambassador

You can also help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research by nominating the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB numbers are: 97799 (Vic), 97800 (NSW), 99306 (QLD)


National Stroke Foundation


The National Stroke Foundation has a huge challenge. Stroke is Australia’s third largest killer and a leading cause of disability in adults. With research, education and awareness programs, the National Stroke Foundation aims to prevent stroke and minimise its impact on the community. They also support stroke survivors in their recovery so they can enjoy quality of life. They would like Ritchies customers to nominate the National Stroke Foundation (CB Number: 91732) when applying for their free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Help save many lives. Help fight stroke.


National Trust

Help the National Trust with your Ritchies Community Benefit Card!

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Since 1956, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been actively working to conserve and protect our heritage for future generations to enjoy. The Trust is not a part of government: it is an independent non-profit organisation that relies on membership subscriptions, property entrance fees, donations and legacies for its income. It is the premier heritage and conservation organisation in the state, and the major operator of house museums and historic properties open to the public.

Over the years the Trust has waged campaigns to save many buildings around the state. In Collins Street, for example, it fought for the Regent Theatre, which was recently restored, and about 10,000 people rallied to save Rippon Lea in Elsternwick in the 1960s.

The National Trust owns and manages some of Victoria's best-known historic properties, such as Como, Rippon Lea, La Trobe's Cottage and Old Melbourne Gaol.

Beginning with the acquisition of Como in 1959, the Trust now owns or manages about 40 significant properties in Victoria, with 23 open to the public. They reflect the diversity of Victoria's history and include numerous grand 19th century mansions and historic gardens in Melbourne and country Victoria, several portable houses, an original 1850s farm in the Yarra Valley, a Joss House in Bendigo, a pharmacy in Chiltern; and Mooramong, a farm and nature reserve in Western Victoria.

If you would like to help the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) protect our heritage for future generations to enjoy, you can nominate them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card. Their CB number is 93311


Nepean Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Nepean Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parents' Support (NNICUPS) is a registered charity based at the Nepean Hospital, Penrith in NSW. Our members are parents of babies who have been cared for in Nepean's NICU. Our aim is to support parents before and after the birth of their baby and especially while their baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC) Unit.

The Unit has experience with babies having varying degrees of gestation and challenges at birth. www.prematurebabes.org

NNICUPS would like to thank Ritchies Pty Ltd Community Benefit Scheme for their support and donations. If you would like to assist, you can nominate Nepean Hospital Neonatal Care when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB number is 99004.


NRMA CareFlight

Head Injury Retrieval Trial (HIRT) landing in Sydney to attend an accident.

Thank you to Ritchies Stores' customers

NRMA CareFlight would like to thank all Ritchies Stores' customers who support us through the Ritchies Community Benefit Card. As a valued supporter we want to keep you up to date about our new role in the NSW aero-medical retrieval system.

Over the past two decades more than 15,000 critically ill and injured patients have been treated and/or transported by NRMA CareFlight specialists, utilising our own dedicated helicopters as well as road ambulances, fixed wing air ambulances and medi-jets.

In May 2006, Ambulance Service of NSW conducted a tender process for the provision of helicopter services to the NSW retrieval system. The contract was awarded to CHC Helicopter Corporation. However, strong community support for CareFlight resulted in a compromise being reached with the NSW Government on the 22nd December 2006. The agreement:

  • Provides for a continuation of NRMA CareFlight's medical-rescue helicopter services until May 2007, with our doctors staffing five shifts every day from Westmead (24/7) and Orange (10/7);
  • Awards a new seven-year contract for our doctors to serve on two of the CHC helicopters based in Sydney and Orange;
  • Provides in-principle support by the NSW Government for an expansion of NRMA CareFlight's Head Injury Retrieval Trail (HIRT) covering greater Sydney.

Thank you to Ritchies Stores for helping us to keep you, our valued supporters, informed about our new role. Your continued support enables CareFlight to save lives in NSW.

Our CB number is 91278.