Ritchies Testimonials

Oakleigh SES (Glen Eira SES)

Oakleigh SES (Glen Eira SES) thanks Ritchies for their support!

The volunteer members of the Oakleigh State Emergency Service Unit are currently raising funds to assist with the purchase a new vehicle, to replace an existing and ageing Rescue unit. The new vehicle will be fitted out with equipment enabling the volunteer members to increase their capacity to respond to storm and flood damage events in the Glen Eira community

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Funds raised by the Ritchies Community Benefit Scheme will be utilised to assist with the purchase of the new vehicle for the Oakleigh Unit.

The Oakleigh Unit responds to incidents and calls for assistance within the City of Glen Eira municipality, with the unit headquarters located in East Bentleigh. In addition, the Oakleigh Unit also assists other areas throughout Victoria and interstate as required. Oakleigh Unit provided support crews to the Black Saturday fire effected areas (2009), deployed crews to assist other areas with the recent storms (2010) and has sent relief crews to interstate storm events in recent years.

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is a volunteer based organisation responding to emergencies and working to ensure the safety of communities around Victoria 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

VICSES is the lead agency when responding to floods, storms and earthquakes and operates the largest network of road rescue in Australia. VICSES also provides assistance to other emergency services such as Victoria Police and to municipal councils in planning and auditing their emergency management plans.

For more information on the Victoria State Emergency Service please see our website www.ses.vic.gov.au, or contact the unit: [email protected]

If you would like to help the volunteers of Oakleigh SES, you can nominate them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is: 81750


Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre

Olivia Newton John Wellness Centre

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal will set new standards in patient-centred care and provide a way forward in cancer treatment - one towards wellness.

The centre will be an architecturally designed “cancer and wellness precinct” with world-class facilities for international research, medical treatment, integrated with the best of wellness care. Building on more than 126 years of cancer expertise at the Austin Hospital, the centre will provide new directions in the treatment of all types of cancer; with dedicated research facilities and international research programs.

Your support will help the appeal move closer towards creating a truly special centre to help to change the way cancer is treated - to provide care for the whole person and not just their disease. Appeal Patron, Olivia Newton-John said, "It's not just about treating cancer, it's about healing the whole person."

Visit the Olivia Appeal website for more information or to pledge your support - at www.OliviaAppeal.com

Help the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre Appeal by nominating them for a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program. Their CB number is 90546.

Open Family


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Open Family Australia provides Outreach support and services to young people at-risk and homeless within the community. Many of these young people suffer from a myriad of issues including poverty, unemployment, disenfranchisement from education, problematic drug and alcohol use, mental and physical health issues and may have suffered abuse. Open Family Australia's outreach workers go to where the young people are, engage with them and link them into the support and services they require to reconnect back into their communities.

Sue Renkin, CEO of Open Family Australia wrote:
“Open Family Australia has a long history in providing this service for the community and we acknowledge the wonderful contribution that Ritchies' shoppers have made to their communities over the years.

To those who support Open Family Australia, thank you for making a difference to a young person's life. Your support goes directly into keeping our Outreach workers on the streets where they are needed the most. Outreach workers are available anytime for intensive clients, operating after hours when existing services are not available. They advocate for them, build rapport and aim to become a significant adult in their life, assisting them to tap into mainstream support services and programs in the local area.

This style of outreach work empowers young people to make better decisions. It can turn a young person's life around, creating real change and reconnecting them with their community.”

If you would like to help Open Family Australia and our young people living on the streets, you can nominate them to receive a donation via Ritchies Community Benefit Card (CB No. 92738).

Kind regards,
Jacey Octigan
National Marketing and Sponsorship Manager
Open Family Australia
T: 03 8698 6713
F: 03 8698 6701
E: [email protected]
W: www.openfamily.com.au


Oxfam Australia

Through the Community Benefits Program, Ritchies Supermarkets and its customers have raised thousands of dollars to support Oxfam Australia's work against poverty and injustice around the world.

This valuable support has been used to make a positive difference to communities we work with in three main ways.


Local Solomon Islands' women, like Jemimah John, are concerned chemicals from a tailings dam upstream will overflow into their water supply. Photo: Lara McKinley/OxfamAUS

Campaigning for change

Poverty isn't just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it's about bad decisions made by powerful people. We form part of a global movement of people committed to achieving a fairer world by:

  • Partnering with Australians to campaign on the issues that matter - more than 85,000 Australians took action with us in 2007/2008
  • Empowering communities in developing countries to realise their rights and improve their lives
  • Engaging with organisations and governments to change policies that perpetuate poverty and inequality
Somawathi Gunapala, from Pillanduwa village, in central Sri Lanka
picks ripe snake beans from the vegetable garden she has established
with four other community members, with Oxfam Australia's support
Photo: Maureen Bathgate/OxfamAUS

Contributing to long-term development

Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves - with the right support. We fund long-term projects around the world and work in a range of areas, from water and sanitation to education and health, to bring about positive change in people's lives. This work is done in partnership with local partner organisations so we can enact change at a grassroots level.

Responding to emergencies


People need help in an emergency - fast. We save lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and we help people prepare for future crises. Right now, we're responding to these emergencies. All of our work seeks one overall outcome: to bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty. Oxfam Australia would also like to thank Ritchies management for their recent generous donation of $50,000 AUD to our Haiti Earthquake appeal.

Our approach

We believe that respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and bring about sustainable development. Our work is guided by four goals:

1. Economic Justice - We support people to make a decent living, leading dignified lives free from poverty and hunger.
2. Essential Services - We help people to access clean water, healthcare, education and sanitation.
3. Rights in crisis - We support people to live safe from war, violence and natural disaster.
4. Gender Justice - We support women and men to enjoy equal rights, and live free from violence and discrimination.

Click here to download the Thank You PDF file.

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Oxfam Australia CB No. VIC - 92024
Oxfam Australia CB No. NSW - 91481
Oxfam Australia CB No. QLD - 98979


Oxfam East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

Ritchies donates $25,000 to Oxfam East Africa Food Crisis Appeal


The Horn of Africa is being devastated by the most serious drought in over 60 years. Affecting Northern Kenya, Somalia and southern Ethiopia, millions of people are facing starvation in an ongoing food crisis that has been worsened by conflict, and rising food prices.

Over 12 million people are at risk and parts of Southern Somalia have already been declared a famine.
Oxfam is planning to reach 3 million people with clean water, food and basic sanitation. They are already helping many hundreds of thousands people with aid: drilling boreholes, cleaning and rehabilitating existing water supply points, providing safe sanitation and health promotion and vaccinating livestock.

Oxfam partners are now operating the single largest public health program in Somalia, providing clean water to 300,000 displaced Somalis in camps outside Mogadishu. Our partners also operate the largest therapeutic feeding program for children and mothers which admits 3,000 malnourished, dying children every week, the largest in Mogadishu.

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You can help raise funds for disasters such as the one in East Africa by nominating the Ritchies Emergency Relief Fund.

The CB numbers in each state are as follows:
Queensland: 81326
NSW: 91451
Victoria: 90286.




Oz Child is a non profit organization that assists babies, children and youth who are in need of foster care. They also support families, with assistance provided by over 400 trained volunteers. They work out of the Visy Centre in Dandenong and a new centre on Nepean Highway in Mornington. They have received over $6,000.00 to date through Ritchies Community Benefit Card program.

Peter Payne, Manager of Oz Child, Mornington wrote:
“Thank you to all the Ritchies shoppers who nominate Oz Child as their community charity through Ritchies Community Benefit Card. Your support goes directly into programs that assist babies, children and youth who are in need of foster care, family support, disability support, legal or educational support.

Oz Child undertakes these programs with assistance from over 400 trained volunteer carers, and financial support from the government, community groups and business. Thanks Ritchies for recognizing and supporting these Oz Child programs.”

If you would like to help Oz Child you can nominate them to receive a donation via Ritchies Community Benefit Card.


Pakenham Hills Primary School

Brekky Club at Pakenham Hills Primary School

Pakenham Hills

Brekky Club at Pakenham Hills PS has been running for the last 3 years.

It is supported by our school chaplain, primary welfare officer, community volunteers and staff at the school. Brekky Club operates from 8am until the school day begins. We have many students that come to Brekky Club for breakfast and also to meet with their peers or connect with our volunteer workers.

We are extremely grateful for the community financial support that allows the Brekky Club to continue and operate with great success.

Ritchies support of Pakenham Hills Primary School means that our Brekky Club operates without a financial burden on parents and the school.

Thank-you to Ritchies for supporting our community and our students in wellbeing so that they are able to learn in the best possible environment.

CB No. 92841

Kindest and Warmest Regards

Lynelle Broekhoff

Assistant Principal

Pakenham Hills Primary School

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Pakenham Volunteer Care Group

Help Pakenham Volunteer Care Group!

PAkenham Volunteer Care Group

Photo courtesy Pakenham Gazette.

Pakenham Volunteer Care Group use the money they receive from Ritchies Community Benefit Program to help others in the community.They take people to doctor's appointments as far away as into the city and help out with driving people to many other appointments as well.It's nice to know people care.

You can help Pakenham Volunteer Care Group continue caring for people in their community by nominating them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Card. Their CB Number is: 92881


Peninsula Access Support and Training (PAST)

Peninsula Access Support and Training (PAST) is a non - profit Community Service Organisation that provides services and support to people with disabilities from the Cities of Frankston, Casey, Cardinia, Dandenong, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.


P.A.S.T's vision is that all people are accepted as individuals, are treated with respect and are included in the everyday activities and events of community life. P.A.S.T is dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities to develop and maintain their skills so that they can lead a full and active life within their capacity.

Services and support provided by P.A.S.T. include Day Services, Home to Community, Adult Education, Respite, In - Home Support and Transport. It also can broker services on behalf of individuals where and as required.

Support and services are based on the aspirations and needs of each person. Supports can either be on an individual basis, within a small group, in the community, in the person's home or at one of P.A.S.T.'s facilities and can be delivered any day or evening of the week.

If you would like to help support people with disabilities, you can nominate Peninsula Access Support and Training when you apply for your free Community Benefit Card.

Their CB number is 93379.


Peninsula Carer Council

The Peninsula Carer Council (PCC) is a completely voluntary organisation of carers of people with a mental illness living on the Mornington Peninsula.

The main objective of the PCC is to try to ensure that all carers on the Peninsula shall know about services and resources which can support, encourage and inform them.

The PCC has an office and a Carer Support Group. The office is based in the building of the Peninsula Support Services 23 - 25 Yuilles Rd. Mornington, and staffed by volunteers four mornings each week. The Support Group is held at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month in the Brotherhood of St. Laurence Complex 26 High St. Frankston.

A Newsletter is sent to members (90) bi-monthly and the postage is completely funded by Ritchie's Community Card. The PCC believes that “No carer of a person with a mental illness should ever have to feel alone.” It is not easy being a carer of a person with a mental illness but it is great for all of us to know that in our community there are people and organisations like Ritchies' who really care for our community.

If you would like to help Peninsula Carers Council, quote CB Number: 91282 when you apply for a free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.