Ritchies Testimonials

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)


variety logo

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.

VicDeaf Logo

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

Villa Maria

Villa Maria

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


Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR)

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Mornington

In May 1980 Paul Darbyshire drowned off Mount Martha while trying to swim to shore from his overturned fishing boat. A public meeting was held & Mornington Community Bay Rescue Service was born.

From that fledgling beginning Volunteer Marine Rescue - VMR Mornington is now a marine rescue service recognised as the leader in volunteer marine rescue in Victoria.

Our members are dedicated, enthusiastic and have a genuine passion for the sea.

Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, we respond to all types of marine emergencies - for further information call 0419 233 999 - 24 hours.

You can help raise funds for this great service by nominating Volunteer Marine Rescue Mornington, when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB number is 81453.

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Wallaby Creek Wildlife Shelter


Wallaby Creek Wildlife Shelter is a voluntary project dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of orphaned, ill, or injured wildlife. They care for any creature in need, with the valued advice and support of local veterinarians.

Ann and Bill wrote:
“Thank you for including our shelter on your Community Benefits list.

We were absolutely delighted to learn that a donation had gone into our bank account recently. I had just bought yet another bag of Joey milk so the amount that went into the bank almost paid for that … a very welcome arrival!

We have no less than 5 joeys at present, four of whom are inside and one of which was only 325 grams … she is now 500 grams! Yes, it is hard to imagine a roo so small but she is in our homemade humidicrib in our bedroom… with a globe burning night and day and using up electricity (more expense!).

We love our work and it is very satisfying to release the animals back to nature.
Thanks again for your interest and support”

If you would like to help the Wallaby Creek Wildlife Shelter you can nominate them to receive a donation via Ritchies Community Benefit Card.