Ritchies Testimonials

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

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(formerly The Spastic Centre
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Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy (CP). In fact, Australian children are three times more likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy than with cancer.
More children live with cerebral palsy than any other physical disability;

  • 1 in 2 is in chronic pain
  • 1 in 3 cannot walk
  • 1 in 5 cannot talk
  • 1 in 10 has a severe vision impairment

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is committed to enhancing the lives of people with cerebral palsy by offering a range of services such as speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, conductive education, mobility equipment and mentoring programs for every stage of life. We provide vital services and equipment for more than 4,000 children and adults each year and also funds research for cerebral palsy prevention, cure and intervention.

Become part of our mission; help us to build better futures for people with cerebral palsy and their families.

If you would like to support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, nominate them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit card. Their CB number is 91595.

CB VIC: 
91595

CFA

CFA reaps Ritchies rewards

The slogan for Ritchies Supa IGA is ‘where the community benefits’. And CFA can certainly lay claim to that having received more than $2.4 million from the supermarket chain’s Community Benefits Program.

Since its inception in 1993, Ritchies has supported more than 170 CFA brigades through the program which donates a percentage of the money spent by its customers to nominated clubs, schools and charities.

While CFA is government funded, donations such as this supplement brigade funds and contribute towards the purchase of brigade-owned vehicles, equipment and the upgrade of facilities. This means brigades can spend less time fundraising for additional items and equipment and more time focusing on community engagement and education.

Dromana CFA is among the brigades to have benefitted from the program, having received more than $279,500 to date.

Captain Ben Griffiths said the ongoing support from Ritchies had assisted Dromana to purchase brigade-owned vehicles and equipment and update fire safety technologies, management systems and training facilities.

“I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the Dromana brigade for positive impact that the Ritchies fundraising has made by allowing us to continuously support their community,” he said.

Emerald CFA Captain Paul Yandle echoed Ben’s gratitude towards Ritchies with his brigade receiving more than $196,630 in Community Benefits donations.

“The ongoing funding and support from Ritchies has allowed us to provide a better level of service to our community by allowing us to invest in new vehicles which have not only helped us in the operational work but in community education and engagement as well,” he said.

Diamond Creek CFA has also received a huge amount of support from its local Ritchies store over the years, receiving almost $110,000.

“The funding has meant the brigade has been able to meet the growing expectations of the community and it has equipped us to better service their needs on an ongoing basis,” Captain Ronald Smith said.

  • -    Tess O’Brien

CFA

CFA reaps Ritchies rewards

The slogan for Ritchies Supa IGA is ‘where the community benefits’. And CFA can certainly lay claim to that having received more than $2.4 million from the supermarket chain’s Community Benefits Program.

Since its inception in 1993, Ritchies has supported more than 170 CFA brigades through the program which donates a percentage of the money spent by its customers to nominated clubs, schools and charities.

While CFA is government funded, donations such as this supplement brigade funds and contribute towards the purchase of brigade-owned vehicles, equipment and the upgrade of facilities. This means brigades can spend less time fundraising for additional items and equipment and more time focusing on community engagement and education.

Dromana CFA is among the brigades to have benefitted from the program, having received more than $279,500 to date.

Captain Ben Griffiths said the ongoing support from Ritchies had assisted Dromana to purchase brigade-owned vehicles and equipment and update fire safety technologies, management systems and training facilities.

“I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the Dromana brigade for positive impact that the Ritchies fundraising has made by allowing us to continuously support their community,” he said.

Emerald CFA Captain Paul Yandle echoed Ben’s gratitude towards Ritchies with his brigade receiving more than $196,630 in Community Benefits donations.

“The ongoing funding and support from Ritchies has allowed us to provide a better level of service to our community by allowing us to invest in new vehicles which have not only helped us in the operational work but in community education and engagement as well,” he said.

Diamond Creek CFA has also received a huge amount of support from its local Ritchies store over the years, receiving almost $110,000.

“The funding has meant the brigade has been able to meet the growing expectations of the community and it has equipped us to better service their needs on an ongoing basis,” Captain Ronald Smith said.

  • -    Tess O’Brien

CFS/ME

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CFS/ME? (formerly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

There is a centre just near Wattle Park that offers support to CFS/ME sufferers. (The ME stands for Myalgic Encephalopathy) “Imagine having your worst case of flu, add a hangover and top it off with a 20 kilometre run!”

Sufferers often find the illness has a devastating effect on their lives. CFS/ME is a very difficult illness to recover from, and because the affects are largely unseen by others, it is not generally recognised or accepted within the community.

The main symptoms are:

  • Persistent weakness or recurring, unexplained mental and physical fatigue
  • Dysfunctional sleep
  • Pain
  • Neurological/Cognitive problems (disorientation, short-term memory loss to name but a few!)

Our Services include:

  • Emerge, our renowned and informative journal, posted to members quarterly
  • A Telephone Support Line providing support at the end of your phone
  • Support Groups putting people in contact with others coping with similar problems
  • “Link-up” teleconferencing - bringing people together
  • A Resource Centre and lending library. (There is much detailed scientific, medical information and books difficult to obtain elsewhere)
  • Free information kits for the general public and also for health professionals
  • An internet website

We are actively involved in:

  • Raising community awareness
  • Educating the public and health professionals
  • Raising funds to support our services and activities
  • Lobbying politicians on behalf of people with CFS/ME
  • Encouraging and supporting research

If you would like to help sufferers of CFS/ME, you can name them as a beneficiary when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.
Don't waste your shopping dollars! Shop at Ritchies - where the community benefits!

Dianne Williams, (Volunteer)
CFS/ME VICTORIA
23 Livingstone Close, Burwood, Victoria, 3125
Office phone: (03) 988 88 991
Office fax: (03) 988 88 981
Support Line: (03) 988 88 798
email: [email protected]
www.vicnet.net.au/~mecfs

Challenge

Challenge - supporting kids with cancer

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Challenge is a charitable organisation that supports children living with cancer and their families from the time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.

All Challenge activities promote family unity and encourage the formation of support networks, a vital component in the healing process. Challenge strongly believes that children and families who are offered positive experiences are better able to cope with the pressures of a life-threatening illness.

The cancer experience is such an isolating experience and ‘as far from normal life' as we could ever have imagined it to be. Thank you for working so tirelessly at bringing a little normalcy and loads of sunshine into our lives at a time when our perspective looked very grey.” Challenge mother

Assisting families on a daily basis, both in and out of hospital, Challenge provides hospital and parent support, camps, family activity days, holiday accommodation, extensive ticketing, celebrity visits and many other services.

Children and families are able to access Challenge programs and services at no charge and the organisation does not receive any government funding.

Challenge requires $2 million annually to continue their vital program, which is greatly boosted through donations from Ritchies Community Benefit program.

If you'd like to find out more about Challenge please visit www.challenge.org.au

You can help Challenge with their fundraising by nominating them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

CB number is 93770.

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Chelsea SES

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Unit's history can been traced back to 1953 making it one of the longest, continuous serving units assisting the community for some 56 years.

The lifeblood of any SES unit is its volunteer members and we understand that through work and family commitments as well as ongoing time restraints, that this is a transient population so volunteer recruitment is a continuous programme. Currently Chelsea SES has an active membership of approx 50 members at various stages from initial training to fully accredited, operational members.

The role of the SES has seen a number of changes over the past 5 years, some very positive and some not so. On the positive side, the level of training and equipment available to members has seen constant improvement with many more specialist courses available. These incorporate lifting the levels of competency of our members but also measures to ensure that every operational member has the equipment and knowledge to complete tasks in a professional and safe way. The less positive side sadly has been the increasing number of jobs to assist VICPOL to protect crime scenes at violent crimes and the wasted lives from road accidents and incidents connected to the railway lines. We cannot choose the type of jobs we are called on to attend; we can simply do the very best job we can when called on to do them.

Another area of work that is ongoing for Chelsea SES is fundraising. Through the generosity of Council, Chelsea SES receives yearly funding and this is topped up in a number of ways by the members themselves. Tin shakes at PR events, major involvement in Ritchies Supa IGA Community Benefits Scheme including an annual sign up day at Aspendale Gardens Shopping Centre to ensure a steady pattern of growth by signing more and more people to make Chelsea SES their beneficiary and of course tax deductible donations from members of the community.

Every operational member of every SES unit understands that they are in a position where at any time their pager can alert them to anything from a minor task to a fully fledged disaster, they must be ready to deal with whatever that job serves up in a professional way and do whatever it takes to assist the community in which they live and work.

Being a member at Chelsea SES is certainly not all doom and gloom and as in any group of people, there are times when funny things happen, and those times when we can laugh at situations are the things that keep you going through the times where we can't. I recently heard about a unit near Port Douglas in Far North Queensland who following a very heavy, tropical rain storm, were called to home where the garage was flooded. The first members on scene went to investigate and found a 4 Meter crocodile inside that had been happily cruising in the local river that had subsequently burst its banks sending a torrent of water and the croc into the unsuspecting resident's garage, rangers were called and the croc dispatched with the help of the SES members. We have found some strange things at jobs we have been called to, but thank goodness not quite that strange!

As a wiser person than me once said regarding volunteers; It's not that we don't pay them because they're worthless; we don't pay them because they're priceless, and why do we do what we do, I guess the simple answer is; someone has to!

If you would like to help the priceless resource that is the members of Chelsea SES, you can nominate them as a beneficiary of Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Their CB number is 92913

CB VIC: 
92913

Children's Cancer Institute Australia

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Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) is the only independent medical research institute in Australia devoted to research into childhood cancer. The vision of the Institute is to save the lives of all children with cancer and to eliminate their suffering, and our mission is to achieve this through world-class research.

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Founded in 1976 by a dedicated group of parents and doctors who wanted to do something more in the fight against childhood cancer, the Institute opened its first laboratory in 1984. Over the past 22 years, CCIA's dedicated team of researchers has earned a reputation for producing world class research, Each year in Australia more than 500 children are diagnosed with cancer. Today the survival rate has risen to over 70 percent from only 2 percent 50 years ago. However, three out of every ten children diagnosed with cancer still do not make it; these are the children CCIA is dedicated to saving.

Without the support of the general community and the corporate sector, we could not continue our research. Children's Cancer Institute Australia has the vision, the scientific capability and the commitment to make a real and positive difference to the lives of all children who are diagnosed with cancer, but we cannot do it alone - we need your support.

One way of helping our fundraising is through Ritchies Community Benefit Program. You can nominate CCIA at any Ritchies store in NSW.

Our CB number is 97521.

Jo Booth
Corporate Partnerships Executive
Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW
PO Box 81 Randwick NSW 2031 Australia
Tel 02 9385 1682 | Mobile 0425 304 912
Email [email protected] | Web www.ccia.org.au

CB VIC: 
97521

Choir of Hard Knocks

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The Choir of Hard Knocks is an eclectic group of disadvantaged and homeless people who have come together to create an unlikely musical phenomenon. This group of around 50 men and women have come together under the leadership of Founding Choir Director Jonathon Welch, former Opera Australia Principal. With his guidance and expertise they have beaten the odds, performed to 1600 people at Melbourne Town Hall, released their first CD "From the Heart - A Christmas Wish" and now appear regularly around Melbourne at corporate and community events. The TV series documenting their journey so far has been shown on ABC TV. The Choir's aim is to bring people together, build their confidence and enable them to contribute to their community in a positive way, but also to have fun.

By using your free Ritchies Community Benefit card nominating the “Choir of Hard Knocks” you can help raise the money to encourage homeless and destitute people to achieve a better life. Their CB number is 94270.

CB VIC: 
94270

Clean Ocean

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Clean Ocean and Ritchies - A local partnership

The COF crew sending off a 20 foot shipping container full of aid items to the island of Simulue after the recent tsunami crisis.

As a community oriented organisation, the Clean Ocean Foundation is proud to be associated with the Ritchies benefit scheme. Clean Ocean is a non-profit environmental organisation, who is working tirelessly to close ocean outfalls around the Australian coastline.

The Problem

Every day, 450 million litres of sewage is discharged from the outfall pipe at Gunnamatta -our community is forced to swim in a mixture of domestic, industrial and trade waste. Our marine environment is becoming increasingly tarnished and we are denied access to a supply of recycled water which should be far in excess of the meagre excuse that we are offered at present.

The Solution

With assistance from the good people and shoppers of Ritchies supermarkets, we can continue to apply pressure to State and Federal governments to upgrade water treatment facilities and recycle the precious resource that the government is currently throwing away - in the middle of major drought!

“Ritchies continues to be a shining example to all other supermarkets - not to mention businesses in general. Their support has aided us to run education programs in our local schools, provide our community with water saving and conservation advice and bring the residents of the Mornington Peninsula and Victoria together - united in a desire for our beaches to remain a world class beauty.”

Angus Smith CEO

Check out our website www.cleanocean.org

Clematis Fire Brigade

Clematis Fire Brigade is celebrating community contributions to its firefighting efforts.

It's received more than $47,000 towards new equipment over the past 18 years thanks to locals nominating the group for donations via the Ritchies IGA Community Benefits program. Emerald Ritchie's IGA store manager Peter Van Enk presented brigade captain Shane Miller with a plaque recognising the donations on 11 May. The cash helped the crew buy a slip-on firefighting vehicle and a forward command vehicle. “This money was much appreciated,” Mr Miller said.

“By not having to spend every weekend fundraising with sausage sizzles or running raffles, members are freed up to concentrate on training for, and responding to local emergencies.” Ritchies donates 0.5 per cent of money spent in their supermarkets and liquor stores to customers' chosen charities when they scan Community Benefits Cards at the register.

Clematis Fire Brigade

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