Ritchies Testimonials

World Vision

World Vision Australia thanks Ritchies Supermarket staff and customers for supporting World Vision's Child Sponsorship, Child Rescue and Linking Hands programs.

Child Sponsorship


Through the generous support of Ritchies Supermarket customers and the Ritchies Community Benefit Program, 12 children living in poverty have been supported through the World Vision Child Sponsorship Program in 2009. The children are from nations such as Lebanon, Columbia, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Chile, Malawi, Lesotho and Ethiopia. Child Sponsorship provides ongoing support to a child and their community by supporting sustainable, long-term development projects. Your support helps sponsor children break the cycles of poverty and become self-sufficient.

Ritchies Supermarket have been sponsoring children through World Vision since 1996, making a lasting impact in the wellbeing and livelihood of these communities and children.

Child Rescue

Child Rescue

Unfortunately not all children can be reached through Child Sponsorship. Child Rescue was developed to reach the millions of children who do not have a fixed place to live, who may not have parents and who are fending for themselves. Many are escaping child labour or sexual exploitation and are living on the streets.

Your support has assisted our work with children through the 20 Child Rescue projects around the world such as child-safe tourism in Cambodia, improving the quality of life for vulnerable children in Myanmar and Thailand, domestic violence prevention in Mongolia, prevention of child abuse in Sri Lanka, and community care for orphans and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia.

Linking Hands

Indigenous Australians face unique disadvantages despite belonging to a developed nation. Infant child mortality among Indigenous Australians is nearly three times greater than the national Australian average. Two-thirds of Indigenous children will not finish secondary college. And Indigenous life expectancy is 20 years shorter than the rest of the Australian population.

Ritchies is supporting World Vision's work to turn these indicators around and create a brighter future for Indigenous communities. Through genuine engagement that fosters the development of children's families and community, Linking Hands is committed to securing the physical, emotional, social and material wellbeing of Indigenous children.

Thanks to Ritchies Supermarkets, World Vision is able to continue integral community development work toward life in all its fullness for every child.

Young Mob

(Images supplied courtesy of World Vision Australia 2009.)

World Vision CB No. 90724 VIC
World Vision CB No. 91408 NSW
World Vision CB No. 99318 QLD


Yarra Glen CFA

Yarra Glen CFA benefits from Ritchies

Yarra Glen CFA

Members of the Yarra Glen CFA were pleased to receive a donations cheque from the Ritchies Yarra Glen store of over $68,000 worth of community contributions given to the brigade since 2008.

Ritchies' donations have helped the brigade buy a new 2.4c tanker, renovate the fire station and buy T-shirts and helmet torches for their members.

The captain of the brigade, Bill Boyd said: “When the pagers and the sirens sound, the residents of Yarra Glen can rest easy with the knowledge that their community benefits card contribution is actively helping someone in trouble by providing the brigade with equipment and also a comfortable environment for our meeting and training nights.”

Since the Ritchies Community Benefits program began in 1993, more than $3 million has been donated to CFA brigades.

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.