Ritchies Testimonials

Young Spirits Dance Group

Young Spirits Dancers

Young Spirits Dance Group was formed in late 2003, when Gavin O'Shanassy asked around the community if any local Aboriginal children would be interested in learning Aboriginal dance.

There are up to 15 children in the dance group at any given time ranging in age from 6 to 16 years (with their mascot at 20mths). They perform all over Gippsland and even in Melbourne.

All their artefacts, traditional costumes, uniforms, transport, camps are funded by their performances throughout the year, and Ritchies Community Benefit program helps contribute to some of these items.

“It is really rewarding just watching the respect these children have for each other, their culture and from community members especially the pride it brings to our Elders. That's what makes it so special” says Belinda O'Shanassy. Gavin and Belinda volunteer their time and resources to teach and support these children through their cultural journey.

You can help the Young Spirits Dance Group by nominating them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 98964.


Zaidee's Story


Our daughter, Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner - aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. The Turner family has been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children's Hospital as were her wishes at the time. Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs.

Zaidee's Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, just to live. Zaidee's gift of her organs to others will allow them to have another birthday. 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list may never get this chance to have another birthday if people do not become registered donors. The symbol is representative of hope after every storm, the sun shines and there is a rainbow. For those people on the transplant waiting list, the rainbow symbol offers them hope. At the end of their rainbow is an organ or tissue to improve their life - or in most cases - save their life.

In 2004 160,000 Australians died. Only 218 were Organ and Tissue Donors.
In 2005 only 204 people were donors. In 2006 only 202 people were donors
In 2007 only 198 people were donors. We need to improve these figures.

Currently around 20 to 30 children die every year on the transplant waiting list because they don't get a chance to have a transplant as Australia have far too few donors. For adults, even more die waiting. Parent's of families, sisters, brothers, cousins and next door neighbours are all waiting for that magic phone call, to say they have found a suitable donor.

Zaidees Shoelaces

Concept of Shoelaces

Zaidee's Rainbow Shoelaces are a national symbol to create national awareness for this subject and also for the public to reflect their support and wear. Laces are being sold for just $2 a pair nationally.

We aim to make Zaidee's Rainbow Shoelaces the national symbol for Organ and Tissue Awareness
in memory of Zaidee and what she gave so others could live a better life or just to live!

Please read Zaidee's web site www.zaidee.org

Best wishes - Allan Turner CEO Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation (Zaidee's Dad).

Another way of helping Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation is by nominating them to receive a donation from Ritchies Community Benefit Program. Their CB number : 80892.