Ritchies Testimonials

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

VicDeaf headshot

“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.

earthwatch pics


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.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter



Ritchies sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crewman Dave Wells

Ritchies NSW State Manager, David Scally, recently presented a cheque for $55,879.55 to the Service Business Manager, Phil Williams, at a presentation held at the Broadmeadow Base on 27 January.

The money is part of the grocer’s support as a Crew Sponsor and was raised as part of the IGA Community Chest Program – which encourages customers to purchase IGA branded products with a portion of the profits being donated to a local community organisation.

Ritchies SUPA IGA announced its sponsorship of Crewman David Wells late last year and will continue to encourage customers to be part of its Customer Benefit Program. When a Community Benefit Card is scanned at the checkout, 1% of each customer’s purchase is donated to the club, school or charity of their choice. Westpac Rescue Helicopters in NSW have so far received over $232,402.46 (at end July 2009).

Dave Wells

Crewman David Wells.


Wideview says Thanks to Ritchie’s IGA

The Community benefits scheme run by Ritchie’s IGA is making a huge difference to Wideview Public School with the $45,000 (May 2010) received from Ritchie’s IGA being directed to the upgrading of Computer technology for the Children.

“We are extremely happy that the Community has backed this initiative and the dollars are starting to add up.” Funding for school facilities is getting harder each year and the voluntary nature of the sign up is an extremely proactive stance taken by the parents from the Wideview School community.

“Without any direct marketing effort, this is a fantastic result and certainly makes an enormous difference to the school. I encourage other Parents or citizens, who may be ex Wideview students or parents, and who may not know about this scheme, to get behind it and help bring facilities to Wideview Public School” said P&C President Steve Wright. Wideview Public School is constantly looking for ways of making the environment and facilities better for the children in order to increase the experience that comes within the School.

“We wish to thank Ritchies IGA for this donation. With the School contribution stalled at 70% and the overall budget extremely tight, these funds are important to help provide much needed facility upgrades” said Principal Cherie Bourke.

If you would like to help, the CB number for Wideview Public School is 90538.


Wildlife Warriors

Wildlife Warrior

Wildlife Warrior

Wildlife Warrior

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide

Who are we?

“The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way the loss of precious wildlife. We need to reach a balance where people, habitat and wildlife can co-exist - if we don't everyone loses… one day”
Steve Irwin

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002. Their aim was to encourage more people to join them in the care and protection of wildlife around the world. They believed if one animal could be saved, an entire species could be saved.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors conduct and work in partnership with several wildlife conservation projects within Australia and around the world. Australia Zoo is our major sponsor funding all administration costs of the charity to ensure all donations are contributed towards the conservation and preservation of our wildlife and habitat.

Our Vision:
That people, wildlife and habitat survive and prosper without being detrimental to the existence of each other.

Our Mission:
To be the most effective wildlife conservation organisation in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, inclusive of humanity.

Our current conservation projects:

  • Australian Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah QLD, Australia
  • Orangutan conservation, Sumatra
  • Tiger conservation, Sumatra
  • Elephant conservation, Sumatra and Cambodia
  • Cheetah conservation, South Africa
  • Tasmanian Devil conservation, Tasmania, Australia
  • Whale Research and conservation, based in the USA

For more information:
Web: www.wildlifewarriors.org.au
Email: [email protected]
Postal: P.O. Box 29 Beerwah Queensland Australia 4519
Phone: +61 7 5436 2026
Fax: +61 7 5436 2141

Ritchies Community Benefit Program has donated over $120,000 to Wildlife Warriors to date (end June 2009). CB Numbers: 99743 (NSW) 99851 (Vic) 99241 (Qld)

Ritchies Russell Webb on holidays in Queensland took the opportunity to present a
plaque to Murray Munro, Appeals Manager, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.



Women's Information Referral Service (WIRE)

Having someone to talk things through with, who will really listen to us, is so crucial to our wellbeing. Unfortunately, we all have times in our lives when we just don't know who to turn to. The good news for all Victorian women is that there is always someone to talk to who is just a phone call away.

WIRE - Women's Information is a community service organisation that provides free, confidential information, support and referrals to Victorian women via a telephone helpline, face-to-face in our Women's Information Centre and via email and our website.

Because WIRE is a generalist service, you can contact us about anything at all big or small. WIRE receives many calls about emotional well-being, relationship difficulties and family violence. We also often help people with housing, health, legal, financial and employment issues. But you don't have to be in crisis to call WIRE, we are happy just have a talk or to find you that chocolate crackles recipe (yes, we have had that request!).

Women can also complete an eight week training course at WIRE to prepare them to work as volunteers on our helpline and in the information centre.

Call 1300 134 130 during business hours for the cost of a local call from anywhere in the state (normal mobile rates apply) . Drop in to the Women's Information Centre at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Email us at [email protected] or visit our website www.wire.org.au

You can nominate WIRE when you apply for your FREE Ritchies Community Benefit Card at any Ritchies Supermarket or Liquor Store. Their CB number is 81430