Ritchies Testimonials

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.


The Australian Conservation Foundation

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The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is committed to inspiring people to achieve a healthy environment forall Australians. For 40 years we have been a strong voice for the environment, promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships. We work with the community, business and government to protect, restore and sustain our environment.

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Our conservation programs include: Climate Change, Northern Australia (Indigenous focus), biodiversity conservation andsustainable landscapes, protection for our rivers including the Murray River, forest conservation, GreenHome, marine and our Asia Pacific campaign (currently focussing on Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste).

Since 1966, we have focussed on the most important and urgent environmental problems, seeking change with lasting political, economic and social support. ACF has played a key role in increasing protection for some of Australia's most outstanding natural assets including the Franklin River, Kakadu, the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier. Our work with governments, industry groups and the general community has yielded many achievements, including:

ACF tackles Climate Change with Al Gore

waterfallOur greatest challenge in 2006 was the issue that affects not only Australia's environment, but humanity's very ability to survive - climate change. As we have seen from the recent interest in the press, momentum is building all over the world to take action on the urgent issue of climate change. ACF is at the forefront of this welcome and long overdue movement and has been working in partnership with former US Vice President Al Gore to train Australians to educate their local communities about the reality of climate change.

In November 2006 a special group of 85 people from across Australia were selected by ACF to be personally trained by Al Gore to deliver the powerful climate change presentation featured in Academy Award® winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. These presenters have each committed to deliver a minimum of 10 presentations over the course of the next 12 months. This will carry the climate change message to tens of thousands of Australians from many different regions and walks of life. If you would like to find our more about climate change and receive a free ACF Climate Change Action Kit, visit www.acfonline.org.au/climatechange

The wonderful successes we achieved for Australia's environment simply wouldn't have been possible without the support of companies such as Ritchies. Thank you to all the Ritchies customers for choosing to support ACF!

For more information visit www.acfonline.org.au

The Butterfly Foundation

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The Butterfly Foundation is a national organisation that provides direct support to Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image. The foundation is dedicated to changing the culture, policy and practice in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and to raising awareness of eating disorders as a serious social, medical and mental health issue.

The Butterfly Foundation provides support for intervention, prevention, research and treatment programs.

You can check their website at www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

You'll help yourself to savings and help raise money for the Butterfly Foundation at the same time by using your Ritchies Community Benefit Card with every transaction.Their CB number is 91700.