Ritchies Testimonials

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

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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 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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