Ritchies Testimonials

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.


Peter Mac Cancer Centre


Congratulations from the Peter Mac Cancer Centre

Congratulations Ritchies IGA! You have supported Peter Mac Cancer Centre through your community benefits scheme for the past 15 consecutive years. This continuous donation totals a staggering $306,219.26 (end December 2008). Peter Mac embraces the opportunity to create dynamic working partnerships within our community. Ritchies IGA has provided this synergy through sharing ideas like the community benefits scheme and achieving important and fruitful results. Members of the wider community are donating in a very passive way due to Ritchies IGA innovative and committed scheme. We thank you all.

If you would like to help Peter Mac Cancer Centre in their work with cancer patients and research, you can nominate them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit program.

Their CB number is 90110.

peter mac centre


Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria

Project Hope

Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria first began in 1973. They are a team of volunteers dedicated to rehabilitating horses who have been abused, neglected and abandoned. The need for their existence however, is still as strong over 30 years on.

Pictured (right) is “Bear” before and after rescue.

Their main aims are:

  • To assist owners through education, assistance and advice to rehabilitate their own horses.
  • To provide emergency care, treatment and assistance to horses.
  • To rescue and rehabilitate any horse found abandoned, sick, injured or mistreated.
  • To educate the community on the plight of neglected horses.
  • To contribute to the development of improved government legislation and policy.

All donations are greatly appreciated and will assist Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria to help horses in need.

Check www.phhwv.org.au for more info.

Another way in which you can help Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria to stop the suffering of these wonderful creatures is to nominate them to receive a monthly donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 93553.


Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Did you know?

PCFA is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. It is dedicated to:

  • funding research into the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of prostate cancer
  • raising awareness about prostate cancer
  • providing support, information and advocacy to men and their families impacted by prostate cancer.

PCFA receives limited government funding and relies on the generosity of corporate partners, individuals and the community - such as this initiative shown by Ritchies customer giving program, to help continue our essential work.

You will find information about our 93 Support Groups nation wide, public lectures, and many other interesting articles, events and FAQs on our home page www.prostate.org.au or phone 1800 22 00 99.

Thanks again for your support!

If you would like to help you can nominate the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB number is 81445.


Red Cross

Red Cross says 'Thanks'

Red Cross Boy

Through the generous support of the Ritchies Community Benefit Card Program, Red Cross has gratefully received in excess of $255K since the program's inception. Here are some ways in which this money helps:

$25 provides a phone call every day for a month to check the wellbeing of an elderly or isolated person living alone

$40 trains one Red Cross volunteer in Myanmar (Burma) in community based first aid

$70 provides a healthy breakfast for 4 months for one child who could otherwise go hungry

$100 can help volunteers provide first aid and support to fire fighters and other disaster relief workers

$180 provides a family in the Soloman Islands access to safe drinking water, as well as hygiene and sanitation training

$500 equips a save-a-mate team to provide emergency assistance and peer support to teenagers exposed to alcohol and drug use

$1000 trains 20 volunteers in first aid so that they can respond during times of emergency

$2000 equips a personal support team to make outreach visits to isolated homes after a disaster to check on the wellbeing of residents

$2500 will build ten toilets for families in Timor-Leste, alleviating the spread of illness and disease

Shelter from a disaster on the other side of the world or a hot meal for someone living on the streets at home brings comfort and hope. Clean water for a child in East Timor and breakfast for a hungry Aussie child means a better future for both. Support for people living with HIV in China and a daily phone call for Australians living alone means living with dignity. Protection for people in times of conflict, first aid training and the commitment of half a million Australian voluntary blood donors help to save lives.

We help tens of millions of people around the world each year and care for local communities in Australia and Asia Pacific. With more than 100 million volunteers worldwide and 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia we can reach people and places like nobody else. Relief in times of crisis, care when it's needed most and commitment when others turn away. Red Cross is there for people in need, no matter who they are, no matter where they live.

For more information about Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.au


redkite kids

Young Spirits Dancers

“Your child has cancer”

Over a thousand families will hear these devastating words in the next 12 months, and for them, everything will change overnight.

In addition to extreme emotional strain, a cancer diagnosis brings financial pressures at a time when family income is significantly reduced due to a combination of extra expenses and the need for a family to be with their child.

From that moment of diagnosis, throughout the rigorous treatment regimens in hospital and beyond, Redkite plays a vital role in Australia in supporting children, young people and their families through the often long and difficult journey of cancer.

Redkite's essential services include financial and educational assistance, emotional support in hospitals through social workers and music therapists, and community-based support including telephone and email counselling and professionally-facilitated telegroups.

Redkite receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of individuals, organisations and corporate partners to provide families with vital support.

Together with Ritchies, you can make a difference to the lives of families with a child with cancer.

RedKite Logo

For more information go to redkite.org.au or call 1800 334 771.
Redkite's CB number: 93676 VIC; 99796 NSW; 81684 QLD


Relay for Life

Relay for Life logo

Cancer Council's Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with your community and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Relay For Life is a unique event where teams of friends, families or colleagues challenge themselves to take turns to keep a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight. There are no age limitations or fitness requirements - Relay For Life is suitable for everyone and anyone can join in the fun!

Whether you are a cancer survivor, a carer, supporting friends or loved ones, or simply wanting to make a difference, Relay For Life empowers everyone who participates.”

Frankston Relay for Life which was held on the weekend of 23rd and 24th October raised over $38,000 for Cancer Council Victoria's Research, Awareness and Support Programs.

Relay for Life

Ritchies Stores entered 3 teams who between them raised over $7,700!

If you would like to help the fight against cancer, you can nominate Frankston Relay for Life (CB No: 90644).

If you would like to know more about the Relay for Life, just log on to: Relay for Life 2011 and look for your area.


Rice for Cambodia

Ritchies Community Benefit Card helps supply Rice for Cambodia!

“Rice for Cambodia” is an informal group of people from the Mornington Peninsula that raises money to help orphans in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It started in April 2004 following a holiday in Cambodia by 14 people, who thought that they would like to send help in a targeted way to two orphanages that they visited. They are not a big group but they do make a difference to the children they support.

“Les Enfants De Riziere” and “Wat Thmei (pagoda)” are two orphanages that support some 140 children between 3 and 16. In addition, the SCC (Salvation Centre) operates out of the Wat Thmei and is implementing an anti AIDs programme.

The Rice for Cambodia group have undertaken to supply the “Enfants de Riziere” orphanage with their ongoing rice supplies and they buy this locally (one ton per month costing about $300 per ton depending on local price at the time). They offered to do the same for the “Wat Thmei” orphanage but they preferred to try to get music and dancing lessons for some of the children. As Siem Reap is close to Angkor Wat, the main tourist attraction of Cambodia, they believe that it is better to equip the kids with skills that could be useful at the growing number of tourist hotels in Siem Reap. (The music tuition costs $1450 per year).

If you would like to help this small group of people who are already making a difference in the lives of the children in these two orphanages, you can apply for your free Community Benefit Card and nominate Rice for Cambodia on the application form. The CB number is 90037.