Ritchies Testimonials

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.


Timboon and District Healthcare Service

Timboon Health Care Service very much appreciates the support they receive from Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

John Renyard, President of the Board of Management said “We are indeed fortunate that many members of the community have nominated Timboon and District Healthcare Service as the beneficiary of the Community Benefit Program.

The cumulative sum of $176,920.56 (end Dec 2010) since the introduction of the Community Benefit Program some seven or so years ago has been used to contribute to the purchase of major medical equipment and facilities upgrade assisting Timboon and District Health Service to provide a high standard of patient care for our local community.

Maintaining and replacing medical equipment is expensive. For example, last year together with a bequest and community donations and the funds from Ritchies, we were able to purchase new cardiac monitoring equipment at the total cost of $89,000. In previous years funds from Ritchies have assisted with the upgrade of the operating theatre with items such as a new operating theatre table (Total cost $61,244), new theatre lights (Total cost $20,250) and the requirement to upgrade air conditioning and air flows to the operating theatre to meet Australian Standards at a cost of $65,000.

We look forward to the continuing support of Ritchies through the Community Benefit Program which as you can see has contributed significantly to our health care service.”

If you would like to help the development of a new community services wing and the expansion of community services in Timboon - the next projects for the hospital, you can nominate Timboon and District Health Service at your local Ritchies store.

Their CB number is 93663.


Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade

Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade would like to say thanks to all those Ritchies customers who have nominated them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Members of the Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade were presented with a plaque from Ritchies Pakenham store manager.

Neil Rennardson, 2nd Lt & Training Officer for Toomuc Rural Fire Brigade wanted to let you know that their Slip On has been in constant use since late November 2006.

Toomuc Rural Fire BrigadeIt left the station, with about 800 kilometres on the clock in late November for the fires in NSW, it was then deployed to Mt Beauty / Falls Creek, then on to Bairnsdale to be used SE of Dargo. It has been manned by Toomuc brigade with help from the Pakenham brigade.

If you would like to help our volunteer fire fighters in their lifesaving work, you can nominate them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program. All CFA's are listed under Fire Brigade on the donations list.

Toomuc CFA's CB number is: 92198.


Variety Christmas Party for Special Children

Ritchies Community Benefit Card helps Special Children!

Variety Christmas Party for Special Children

The Variety Christmas Party for Special Children is a project catering for over 5,000 of Victoria's disabled, disadvantaged and seriously ill children ranging from 1 year to 17 years old. With the support of caring businesses, these children are able to share a special day with children from similar backgrounds and circumstances at a special time of year for children - Christmas.

The day is filled with educational activities, dancing, stage performers, rides, celebrities and sporting heroes. Carers and parents also benefit as Christmas gifts, show bags and treats are given to all 5,000 plus children…as a small way to ease the burden at this traditionally expensive time of year.

Variety Christmas Party for Special Children

Our community project brings together children from all over Greater Melbourne from around 250 special developmental schools, hospitals, welfare organisations and charitable groups. By nominating our project when shopping at your local Ritchie's store your contribution will help send some special little boys and girls to this truly magical day. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring children, or just to find out more about this wonderful project, visit www.christmasparty.com.au.

Another way of helping is to nominate Christmas Party for Special children, CB No.95584, when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.


Variety, the Children's Charity (NSW)


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Variety, the children's charity (NSW), is part of an Australia wide not for profit organisation committed to transform and enrich the lives of special needs or disadvantaged children, from newborn to age eighteen, and their families, schools, hospitals and support organisations under three umbrella programs:

The Variety Freedom Program: provides for mobility, communication devices and independence such as wheelchairs, Liberty swings and Sunshine coaches

The Variety Caring for Kids Program: supports health services including children's hospitals, intensive care units and specialised medical services

The Variety Future Kids Program: helps special needs or disadvantaged children through scholarships and other ways.
Through both direct individual appeals and umbrella appeals from organisations, Variety provides special needs and disadvantaged children with independence, self esteem and confidence, life skills and happiness .

We believe that when you support a child through Variety, you support a family and by supporting a family, you then support a community.

Please nominate us to receive a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit program. Our CB number: 95843.

Simon Harris
Fundraising & Development Manager
Variety, the Children's Charity (NSW)

p: 02 9819 1014
m: 0406 337 399
f: 02 9555 1594
e: [email protected] w: www.varietynsw.org.au


Very Special Kids


Very Special Kids Supporting families of seriously ill children.

Sadly, there are many children in Australia who are diagnosed with an illness that threatens their young lives.  Their time is precious and their families treasure every moment with them.  These families face many challenges and uncertain futures and that’s where Very Special Kids come in.

Very Special KidsVery Special Kids is a unique Victorian not for profit organisation which aims to enhance the quality of life for these families, from diagnosis through to recovery or bereavement. 

Support services include counselling, sibling support, bereavement support, trained family support volunteers and care at Very Special Kids House – Victoria’s only and Australia’s first hospice for children (providing respite and end-of-life care).

There are eight offices around the state to ensure families in regional, rural and outer suburban areas, can access our support.

It costs approximately $4 million per year to operate Very Special Kids.  The organisation relies substantially on the generous support of the community and corporate partners to carry out it services which are offered free of charge to families.

For more information on Very Special Kids, please visit vsk.org.au

If you would like to nominate Very Special Kids, their CB No is: 90198.


VIC SES - Glen Eira Unit (formerly Oakleigh)

Volunteers from the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Glen Eira Unit (formerly Oakleigh Unit), recently conducted a fundraising and recruitment drive at Ritchies Supermarket in Bentleigh East. The twilight event held on October 24 and was a great success, with members of the public stopping to ask questions about VICSES and some choosing to make a donation to the locally based unit.  

Members reflected the event was a great way to raise funds to ensure the unit can continue to provide an emergency response to flood, storm, earthquake, tsunami and other emergencies across the municipality. Volunteers enjoyed interacting with the public in a non-emergency setting and provided information on how the agency operates. 

Community Benefit cards were also handed out for shoppers to use at any Ritchies store. The Community Benefit Card Program offers savings for customers and fundraising dollars for nominated organisations at the same time. Glen Eira volunteer members wish to thank the Ritchies staff and local community members for their continued support, and encourage shoppers to consider nominating Glen Eira SES as their preferred recipient organisation.  

For further information on the Victoria State Emergency Service, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Glen Eira unit, please email [email protected]

Victorian Deaf Society

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“The Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf) is a non-profit organization which has been helping deaf and hard of hearing people in Victoria for 125 years. Our vision is to lead the way in social justice and equity for Deaf and hard of hearing people. We aim to improve quality of life by breaking down communication barriers and improving access to services.

Hearing health is very important and this year Vicdeaf is leading the way in the development of a centre for hearing health in our East Melbourne facilities - which will provide education, prevention, research and management of hearing loss and tinnitus for deaf and hard of hearing people across the state. Our regional and rural program, HEAR here! will take these programs into more remote parts of the state where services are often very limited, but where the need is just as great.

David Peters is one of our dedicated staff members, responsible for Deaf and hard of hearing awareness training. He visits community groups and organizations for this purpose. Donations to Vicdeaf from the Ritchie's Community Benefit Card help to make this program possible.

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For more information about Vicdeaf and its services, please contact us on PH (03) 9473 1111, TTY (03) 9473 1199 or visit www.vicdeaf.com.au

Help Vicdeaf by nominating them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Card.

Their CB no: 92028.


Villa Maria

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Villa Maria is a values-based organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people and people with a disability.

From humble beginnings as the Catholic Braille Writers Association in 1907, Villa Maria has grown to become one of Victoria's largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education and senior services, with more than 60 programs supporting 5,000 people across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Services offered by Villa Maria range from specialist education and early childhood intervention for children with disabilities or developmental delays, to community based and in-home support services for older people and people with a disability, carer respite options and residential aged care.

Every day of the year, over 900 staff and 300 volunteers respond to the unique needs of the people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.

To be a part of Villa Maria is to experience the true notion of community.

This brings us to Ritchies IGA and its terrific community-minded partnership with charities, schools and clubs. Customers can shop at their local Ritchies IGA and help to support the essential services that an organisation such as Villa Maria provides each day.

Every time you shop at Ritchies IGA and nominate Villa Maria, you are contributing vital funds to assist our essential work with people who have special needs in our community.

For information about Villa Maria's services call 9855 7600 or visit www.villamaria.com.au .

Villa Maria's Community Benefit number is: 93937