Ritchies Testimonials

Rosebud CFA

Thank you from Rosebud CFA!

Camp Autism

The volunteer members of the Rosebud Fire Brigade would like to say "Thank you to Ritchies and to the loyal Community Benefit Cardholders" who have nominated us for their generous donation through the community benefit scheme.

These donations enable us as a brigade to serve the community in emergency situations. Our gear constantly needs updating and maintaining. With your recent donations we were able to purchase smoke masks (pictured) which enabled our volunteers to fight in the recent bush fires and protect them from breathing in ash and smoke.

Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal

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The tens of thousands of shoppers that make up the Ritchies Community Benefit program this year reached the $40 million mark in donations, putting them in the top 20 of major donors to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

“Ritchies may be an independent grocery chain with a David to Goliath relationship with the huge supermarket chains but our shoppers have shown David-like strength to raise this amount,” said Ritchies CEO Mr Fred Harrison.

The Community Benefit Card allows Ritchies to donate one per cent of the money spent by registered cardholders to a community cause of the shopper's choice, in this case the very worthy RCH Good Friday Appeal - at no extra expense to the shopper. Good Friday Appeal Director Christine Unsworth says, “The level of donations by Ritchies IGA places it within our top 20 major supporters, with its donations consistently rising each year."

“The efforts of Ritchies IGA and its loyal customers are very much appreciated by the Appeal.”


Ritchies' Community Benefit Program Co-ordinator Judy Rebecca hands over the 2009 cheque for $125,000 to the Good Friday Appeal, watched by Channel Seven's Mia Greaves.

Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS)


Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) is a charity working at the very heart of our community bringing nursing care to people in homes, schools and workplaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For the 8,000 people in RDNS' care each day, the nurses provide the best in general nursing care plus a huge range of specialist services including diabetes & wound management, aged care, post-hospital nursing care, palliative care and a special program dedicated to the needs of the homeless.

With compassion and professionalism, RDNS nurses provide care for anyone in our community with a genuine nursing need, particularly the aged and frail. Often, the care given by RDNS nurses is what allows our clients to live at home, with dignity and independence, instead of moving to an aged care facility.

Your support is as valued as it is essential if RDNS nurses are to continue their vital work in your community. Please nominate Royal District Nursing Service when you apply for your Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)

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The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia's major special educator of deaf and blind children. RIDBC's primary purpose is to provide high quality educational services to minimise the impact of blindness and deafness so that children with these impairments become able to participate fully in all aspects of life.

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Funds received through the Ritchies Stores Community Benefit Program support RIDBC Teleschool. The service is for families in regional, rural and remote areas from the time their baby or toddler is diagnosed with a hearing or vision loss, until school age entry. Services are also provided to school age children with a hearing impairment.

RIDBC Teleschool meets the needs of hearing and vision impaired children in places where appropriate specialised teaching resources are not available. Language development is a priority of the program, with activities that focus on listening, speaking, and reading. With early and intensive intervention, many of the very young children who access RIDBC Teleschool go on to attend their local "big" school when they reach primary school age and achieve on a par with their hearing and sighted classmates.

The program enables families to remain in their home town where their support networks are established, whilst jobs, education, sporting and social activities for the parents and siblings can continue rather than having to relocate to a major city. At appropriate stages in the child's development, families are encouraged to travel to our North Rocks campus where they can access sophisticated testing and therapy facilities, participate in group activities with other children and families, engage in intensive one on one educational activities with their teacher/therapist over several days and consult with specialised medical and paramedical services nearby. RIDBC provides some financial support for travel to Sydney and overnight accommodation is provided on site.

RIDBC Teleschool assists families with information and support about hearing and vision impairment and how it may impact on their child's development. RIDBC specialist staff also help families to understand the unique needs of their child and develop skills that will support the child.

For additional information about the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and RIDBC Teleschool in particular please ring 1300 131 923 or visit our website www.ridbc.org.au

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia's largest independent special educator. Founded in 1860, it is also one of Australia's oldest charities.

RIDBC provides a wide range of innovative educational programs for children with hearing and/or vision impairment, including services for children with additional disabilities.

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As well as conducting centres at several locations in Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast in NSW, RIDBC provides support services in mainstream schools across Sydney and a remote service, RIDBC Teleschool, for families in regional areas across Australia.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's Renwick Centre conducts research and professional studies in the field of education of children with sensory impairment. The Renwick Centre offers a range of postgraduate degrees and diplomas as well as conferences, seminars, and workshops for teachers, therapists and professionals who work in this field.

RIDBC regularly assists more than 800 children, and their families, and provides hearing or vision screening for thousands more. It relies heavily on fundraising and community support to continue to make a difference in the lives of these children.

Through education, RIDBC seeks to close the gap between the life experiences of children with hearing and/or vision impairment, and those without.

For more information about the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, please visit www.ridbc.org.au

If you would like to nominate the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, their CB No is: 91241.


Royal Women's Hospital

Royal Womens LogoThe Royal Women’s Hospital is very grateful to Ritchies for the Community Benefit Card program.

To date, over $8,300 has been raised for The Royal Women’s Hospital, to purchase vital medical equipment, to fund groundbreaking research projects, and to train doctors, nurses and midwives, in order to provide the best health care to the many thousands of Victorian women and newborns cared for at The Royal Women’s Hospital.

Last year, 260,000 women visited the hospital, and almost 5,000 babies were born at The Women’s. Over 1,300 premature and very sick babies were cared for in The Women’s Intensive and Special Care Nurseries - the largest in Victoria.

But The Women’s is more than a maternity hospital. Our door is open to all women. We care for the very young and the very old, for women of all backgrounds and from all cultures, whether from the city or the country.

The Women’s is committed to research and learning,and is the largest provider of free public health information on all women’s health issues.

The Ritchies Community Benefit Card program represents an investment in the future for the health and happiness of all Victorian women.”

RSPCA Peninsula

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RSPCA Peninsula says thank you!

Ritchies and our loyal Community Benefit cardholders have helped us donate $488,541.05 to RSPCA Peninsula to date - end December 2006.

“Ritchies donations have helped us with many things throughout the shelter, including the building of small animal adoptions (Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, etc) which will open later this year.

It has enabled us to reseal and upgrade dog adoption, including the building of four large breed dog pens, including anti-slip surfaces to make the building safer for the dogs, staff, and members of the public.

We have upgraded our cat adoption area, including jungle pens to give the cats space to run, jump and play, and to allow for better interaction with potential adopters; and we've been able to build a brand new cat quarantine building with its own isolation ward, enabling us to isolate cats with infectious diseases away from the general population, preventing the spread of disease and helping us to achieve better animal welfare outcomes.

Money has also been spent on vital equipment throughout the shelter, especially in the veterinary clinic, to enable us to better care for the animals in our care, but to also better care for privately owned animals, that then turn into profits in the veterinary clinic that can be directed to shelter animals.

Thank you to all our dedicated supporters.”

Carrie Mudge
Shelter Supervisor
RSPCA Peninsula

RSPCA Gippsland branch is endeavouring to follow in the paw prints of Peninsula Animal Aid branch by building a new veterinary clinic with money raised through Ritchies' Community Benefit Card program. It is currently receiving around $850 a month.

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Ritchies Stores are one of RSPCA Victoria’s long time and valued supporters. Ritchies was established back in 1870, when Thomas Ritchie opened a grocery store in Frankston, with the intention of donating part of his profit back to the community. Ritchies is wholly Australian owned and are just as community minded today as they were when Thomas opened his first store. Ritchies Community Benefit Card donates 1% of the money spent in their stores each month to a club, school or charity of their choice and the RSPCA has benefited from this outstanding support since 1993.


The RSPCA would like to thank Ritchies Supermarkets for their generous support over many years. We are thrilled to announce Ritchies and our donors throughout Victoria who shop at Ritchies have raised over $140,000 in the last financial year and more than $963,318.94 (end December 2006) across Victoria since our partnership began in 1993!

If you would like to be a part of this rewarding way of supporting RSPCA, ask for a Community Benefit Card at your local Ritchies Supermarket to give the RSPCA that little extra gift. The RSPCA says a big thank you to Ritchies Stores.

"The RSPCA is most grateful for the magnificent financial support given by Ritchies. Since the introduction of the program, Ritchies Stores have contributed over $300,000 to benefit all creatures great and small. Ritchies is an Australian owned store who recognises the needs of the community. RSPCA headquarters in Burwood East and our branches at Pearcedale and Gippsland are very appreciative of Ritchies whose motto is very appropriate - where the community benefits."
Maria Mercurio,
RSPCA Chief Executive Officer

Sacred Heart Mission

Sacred Heart Mission LogoSacred Heart Mission helps people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, who rely on the Mission for their basic survival.

They have written to thank Ritchies and our loyal Community Benefit Cardholders who have nominated them to receive a monthly donation.

“Your donation is vital to us. With the increasing financial pressure families and individuals are facing at the moment, we are seeing a huge need in our community for assistance for basic necessities such as food, accommodation and emergency relief. Thanks to your generosity we can continue to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Melbourne.”

Beyond providing assistance with essential needs, the Mission is focused on helping people turn their lives around - permanently. We couldn't do it without your support.”

If you would like to help the Sacred Heart Mission to make a meaningful difference on so many lives of the people who turn to them in their time of need, you can nominate them to receive a donation from Ritchies.

Simply nominate the Sacred Heart Mission, CB NO: 90053, when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card


Salvation Army


The Salvation Army feeds the hungry and clothes the poor, with over $10,000 a month received through Ritchies' Community Benefit Card program. The money from Ritchies goes directly into welfare work in the areas surrounding our 27 stores. The Salvation Army had received well in excess of $1,500,000.00 at the end of June 2010.

"The funding from Ritchies is extremely important for crisis relief... without the support of Ritchies (and their customers) our job would be so much more difficult, and the community much poorer in so many ways. We went from distributing food parcels on Friday afternoons to an organisation that's open all week, because of the great support in this area."
Hennie Watts,
Manager of The Salvation Army's Cranbourne Support Services


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Scope is one of the largest providers of services to people with a disability in Victoria, and one of the largest not-for-profit organisations in Australia. Our mission is to support people with a disability to achieve their potential in welcoming and inclusive communities.

Starting in 1948 as the Spastic Children's Society of Victoria, today Scope's services include areas such as therapy and psychology, home and respite, day and lifestyles and employment services.

We are a sustainable organisation of which receives 81.5% of our funding through the State and Federal Government. The remainder of our funding is largely through fundraising.

Historically, people with a disability have had little say as to the organisation that services them. This environment is changing. Individualised funding is now empowering clients to make choices and Scope seeks to be the preferred provider. To achieve this Scope aims to deliver quality and responsive services for people with a disability.

For people with a disability

At Scope, we see people with a disability simply just as people. Scope seeks to understand who you are, to find out what matters most to you and support you to achieve it. We provide ‘Scope For People With A Disability' to live the lives that they choose. Through our world-class research, services, education, communication resources and advocacy, Scope is continually identifying better opportunities to support each person with a disability to:

  • Make decisions about their own life
  • Get the right job, not just any job
  • Choose where and who they live with
  • Enjoy full participation in their community of choice
  • Live out their equal rights

Scope has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a tax deductible gift recipient and for charity tax concessions ABN 63 004 280 871.

If you would like to help Scope, you can nominate them to receive a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 90647.


Scouts Australia

Nestle plus Ritchie’s - a sweet success for Scouts!

Scouts and Fred

Ritchies and Nestle donated over $30,000 to Scouts Australia, raised during a month long promotion within Ritchies supermarkets.

Pictured are Fred Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Ritchies Stores alongside James Godfrey, Nestle National Business Manager handing over the cheque to Bob Taylor, Chief Commissioner, Scouts Victoria with Lynette Swaine, Joeys Leader, and Melissa (Cubs) and Joshua, 1st South Frankston Scouts.

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‘We are all about community benefit and the fit with Scouts was perfect. This worked so well we are already planning again for next year’ said Fred Harrison.

Mr Bob Taylor, Chief Commissioner for Victoria’s Scouts accepted the cheque, saying ‘Scouts have thousands of volunteer leaders helping kids across Victoria - it’s a job that takes a lot of dedication involving training, screening and program preparation. Every Leader will get a boost seeing this great support from Nestle and Ritchies’