Ritchies Testimonials

Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides year-round sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics is a worldwide movement that inspires people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular sport and competition. It is not a single event and it is not just for the elite. Instead Special Olympics volunteers provide sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills, and they do this every week in communities right across Australia. While some Special Olympics athletes strive to win medals, others enjoy the chance to get active, have fun, make friends and be part of a family. Whatever their motivation, we cater for them by providing meaningful sports programs delivered within a supportive environment where people with an intellectual disability are accepted and can feel proud. People with an intellectual disability are often ridiculed, misunderstood, isolated or simply ignored. Yet, with the understanding and support of Special Olympics they discover the skills that allow them to improve their health, develop self-confidence and bring joy to themselves, their families and their community. You can help us give more people with an intellectual disability a chance to achieve their personal best. Learn more about Special Olympics, be inspired by our athletes or best of all, get involved!

For further details on the National Games and Special Olympics Australia, visit www.specialolympics.com.au

Ritchies customers can support the Special Olympics in two ways

  1. By nominating Special Olympics as a Community Benefit beneficiary
  2. By purchasing certain IGA branded products, where part of the proceeds go to Special Olympics.

Spina Bifida Foundation of Victoria

Spina Bifida Logo

The Spina Bifida Foundation of Victoria was formed in the mid 1990s and provides its members and the community with a range of services and information.

Spina bifida is the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord which occurs during the first month of a baby's development in the womb. There is no cure, and people with the condition have varying degrees of permanent disability. Research has shown however, that by taking folate one month before and three months after conception the risk of a baby developing spina bifida and other neural tube defects can be reduced by 70 per cent.

Currently, the SBFV receives no government funding and relies on the goodwill and generosity of members of the community and philanthropic trusts. Donations help us to provide programs for our members to live active and independent lives and to inform the community about the benefits of folate.

For more information go to www.sbfv.org.au

CB number: 92246


St Mary’s Primary School Maffra Parents and Friends Association

Ritchies Community Benefit Program helps St Mary's Maffra!

The Ritchies donations (almost $38,000 to date) over the years have helped St Mary's Primary School Maffra Parents and Friends Association to purchase:

  • Shade sails over the Adventure Playground
  • new safer edging for the playground
  • new sandpit; computers and books for the library

Pictured here is Julie the school Principal and the president of the Parents and Friends Association with the school captains and Mike Richards, Ritchies Community Benefit Representative and Liquor Manager.

Is your school, club or charity getting the full benefit of donations through Ritchies Community Benefit Program?


St Patrick's School

Michael Saunders, Principal of St Patrick’s School at Camperdown, said “A big THANK YOU to Ritchies.”

St. Patrick’s School has been a major beneficiary of the Ritchies Community Benefits Program. Great support from both parents and friends of St. Patrick’s has seen over $6,500.00 flow into our School Budget since the program began in Camperdown.

Money has been put towards supplementing our Physical Education budget with purchases in areas such as hockey and volleyball as well as resourcing of our mathematics program. The school grounds have also benefitted with the development of an amphitheatre for classgroups to utilise. The Parents of St. Patrick’s work very hard to support their school and it’s great to have community minded organizations such as Ritchies sharing in this work.

St Vincent de Paul Mt Waverley

In the last financial year Vinnies Mount Waverley provided in excess of $10,000 worth of Ritchies Food Vouchers to needy families in our area.  During the same period, Vinnies purchased one tonne of Basmati rice for Sudanese Refugees and 1,000 tins of tuna for Philippines Tsunami victims – from our friendly Ritchies I.G.A. Store at Mount Waverley.

The photo shows students from Avila College taking delivery of the rice, on Vinnie’s behalf, from Ritchies I.G.A. Store in Mount Waverley.”


Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight Children's Logo

Since 1988, the Starlight Children's Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, by delivering innovative programs that restore the fun, laughter and joy that serious illness takes away.

Currently Starlight only reaches ‘one in three' of the 600,000 child admissions made to Australian hospitals each year. Starlight's goal is to give all seriously ill and hospitalised children the opportunity to access and benefit from our programs.

In addition to the Starlight Express Room, Starlight's other programs include Starlight Wishgranting, Starlight Fun Centres, Starlight Express Van and Starlight Escapes. These programs are designed to be an integral part of the total health care of children.

For more information about Starlight visit www.starlight.org.au or call 1300 727 827.

CB No's: 92334 Vic, 91092 NSW, 97247 Ballina NSW, 99373 Qld, 80730 Hunter NSW.


Strathdon Community

righteous pups

Pancake Day Feb 28, volunteers pictured above.

Strathdon Community is a not-for-profit Aged Care facility which operates under the auspices of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Strathdon Community Car Logo

Strathdon's Nursing Home, Hostels and Independent Living Units, are now home to nearly 300 men and women in their later years, many of whom suffer some form of dementia or disability. The Day Therapy Centre provides rehabilitation services with around 300 client attendances each week. The Mingara Day Activity Program continues to care for people with dementia who are living in the local community.

If you would like to help Strathdon Community Care, their CB number is 93402.


Teenagers Road Accident Group (TRAG)

Ritchies Community Benefit Program helps save lives!

Teenagers Road Accident Group (TRAG) is a group of volunteers dedicated to highlighting the awareness of young people to the dangers of driving on our roads today.

Their aim:

  • To reduce teenager's involvement in road trauma through education
  • To encourage the safe use of a motor vehicle
  • To raise awareness of the devastating effect that road trauma has on families and friends

If you would like to help T.R.A.G. to send its life saving message to our young people, you can nominate them to receive a donation through our Community Benefit Program.

Their CB Number is: 90257


The Animal Rehoming Service (TARS)


Bessiebelle as a stray Bessiebelle's pampered new life

The Animal Rehoming Service (TARS) is a Melbourne based, not-for-profit service that finds permanent new homes for unwanted pets; from tropical goldfish to champion horses, but the vast majority are dogs and cats. To date, over 800 animals have been successfully rehomed through the service.

It operates by putting owners who have to relinquish their pets, in touch with people wanting to adopt them, thus saving pets from the harrowing and sometimes fatal experience of being sent to pounds.

Foster people care for those animals who find themselves truly homeless. New foster carers are always needed, as many adopt the dogs and cats they've taken in!

For more information on adopting or fostering a pet, please contact Michaela on 0409 213 131.

If you would like to help The Animal Rehoming Service to care for and find great homes for the many unwanted animals that pass through the service, you can nominate them when you apply for your FREE Community Benefits Card at any Ritchies Supermarket.

Their CB number is: 80643


The Austin Research Institute

Austin Centre

The Austin Research Institute is a leading Australian medical research institute committed to researching new treatments for diseases that affect the health of men, women and children in our community.

Their major areas of medical research include: Cancer - breast, prostate, ovarian, lung, colon; Infection - malaria, rotavirus, SARS; Inflammation - arthritis, lupus, kidney inflammation, multiple sclerosis; Transplantation - organ transplantation and diabetes. Research at the Austin Research Institute uses the most recent advances in genetic structural biology and immunology, which are designed to:

  • Further the knowledge and contribution to medical research
  • Discover new ways of detecting and eradicating disease
  • Assist society by generating new treatments which will ultimately reduce health costs for the future
  • Translate laboratory research with clinical trials

By translating research from bench to bedside the Austin Research Institute is working towards generating better medicines sooner.
If you would like to assist with this Research for Life nominate The Austin Research Institute (CB No: 90124) when you apply for your Ritchies Community Benefit Card and present your card to the cashier every time you shop.