Ritchies Testimonials

Relay for Life

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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.

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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.


Ronald McDonald House

Help Ronald McDonald House - Monash

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Since its inception, the Community Benefits Scheme at Ritchies has raised over $12,500 for Ronald McDonald House Monash. The funds raised have made a big difference to us and the families of seriously sick children we support.

The House was built in 1993 to enhance the quality of life of families with seriously ill children by providing a home away from home which is welcoming, caring and supportive.

Nursing a child through serious illness or disability is the most traumatic experience any family can endure. We know because our families tell us this. The families staying here draw the warmth, laughter and inspiration from each other and when it all gets too hard and they think they are the only ones, there's a friend to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, a smile to share with someone walking the same difficult path in life.

“While nothing can take away the grief of a family with a seriously ill or dying child, this ‘home away from home' helps to diminish some of the practical problems facing many families at such a time. By staying at the House, parents no longer have to cope with the demands of constantly travelling to and from the hospital with a sick child. They no longer have to sleep on chairs on the wards or in waiting rooms or pay for expensive hotel rooms to be close by their child It is so important that the family unit can be together, often for a long period of time, to share the journey.” - Jenny Hill Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House Monash

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Our CB Number is 94985.

Kristine Ash
Development Manager
Ronald McDonald House Monash
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.rmhc.org.au
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Ronald McDonald House - South East Queensland (SEQ)

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Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC)

There are currently thirteen Ronald McDonald Houses around Australia, all located adjacent to major women's and children's hospitals, allowing families to stay together in a homelike environment at a fraction of the cost of a hotel room, for as long as they need to. The Houses offer parents the chance to draw hope and comfort from other families in similar situations. In South East Queensland, there are two Houses, one located in Herston next to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and close to Royal Children's Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House Mater is located in South Brisbane near the Mater Hospital.

We continue to work with Queensland Health to provide support for regional families with sick children. Our immediate challenge is to build a new Ronald McDonald House in South Brisbane to support the new Queensland Children's Hospital, and new facilities to support the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast communities.

Via the Ritchies Community donations, you are helping us to raise these much needed funds, and for that we offer our sincerest appreciation for your generosity. Ronald McDonald House SEQ has received over $1200.00 so far but we need a lot more.

So, if you would like to help Ronald McDonald House SEQ, you can nominate us when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Our South East Queensland CB number is 98546.
Meredith Holland
Fundraising Co-ordinator
Ronald McDonald House South East Qld

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Rosebud CFA

Thank you from Rosebud CFA!

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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 Flying Doctor Service

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Royal Flying Doctor Service needs your help!

RFDS Logo"The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is an aero emergency and primary health service covering people living in 80 per cent of the continent. Each day we attend to 650 patients making the service equal to that of a major metropolitan hospital. Our 50 planes cover 23 bases across the nation, and the RFDS is the world's largest flying medical service. Thousands of Victorians have benefited from the dedication of the doctors, flight nurses and pilots, and many lives have been saved by our 'flying intensive care units'.

Whether it is someone working, travelling or living in rural and regional Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has been servicing the health of the nation for 79 years. If you would like to assist the Royal Flying Doctor Service in their invaluable work, you can nominate them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 90740.


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.”