Ritchies Testimonials

Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Shelter

Help Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Shelter with your Ritchies Community Benefit Card!

Carol Seger at the Emerald/Monbulk Wildlife Shelter has been rescuing and looking after orphaned wildlife for over 18 years. Some of the Animals that come into her shelter are echidnas, wallabies, gliders, possums, wombats, any kind of bird and even tortoises.

There isn't any funding for wildlife operators, it is all done voluntarily.

At the moment Carol has a white wombat and pictured here a white possum which are very unusual. Whenever possible, Carol helps out other carers with extra things like pens, cages, heat pads and food.

If you would like to support the shelter you can nominate them at any Ritchies store.

Their CB no. is 98794.


Emily Tapp Melanoma Foundation Inc



We are a not for profit organisation that educates Australians in the prevention and early detection of Skin Cancer and Melanoma. We aim to reach as many people as possible through direct or media contact to encourage the use of sun protection and the importance of early detection of this insidious disease, which is vital.

Since loosing our daughter to melanoma in 2006, the foundation has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection at numerous outdoor and sporting events since 2007. The foundation organisors the annual MARCH for MELANOMA, which supports melanoma servivors, including an opportunity for family and friends to remember loved ones taken by this insidious disease. Our 4th march will be held at Waterfront City, Docklands on 13th March 2010, more information on our website www.emilysfoundation.org.au

With most of our funds going to Melanoma Research at Peter MacCallum, the foundation has also sponsored a special project, the “Melanoma Risk Calculator”. It will be officially launched in January and will help both medical practitioners and the general public to calculate their risk of developing melanoma depending on their individual risk factors and where you live. The information will be available on www.victorianmelanomaservices.org.au by January 2010. A similar risk calculator is already available on the Breast Cancer website.



  • If skin cancer continues to increase at current rates, by 2020 more than 112,000, Victorians will develop skin cancer each year, with over 4,000 Victorians developing melanoma.
  • Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer deaths per captor in the world, over 1,700 die from Skin Cancer each year, of which 1,400 are melanoma deaths.
  • Melanoma has the highest death rate of all cancers between the ages of 15 and 44.
  • Melanoma is the second biggest killer of young people in their 20's, second only to car accidents.

What we do:

  • We regularly attend outdoor events around Melbourne to publicize the importance of sun protection.
  • Use our ‘sun police' to distribute sunscreen samples and important information at various public events.
  • Supply media with information and public figures including survivor stories
  • Attend schools to educate children and teachers about the importance of skin protection and sun safety measures and introduce guest speakers (melanoma survivors).
  • Work with media to publicize relevant issues (such as Clare Oliver's story)

Julia Morris, who is our patron, attends our annual MARCH for MELANOMA each year. Also our patron Brodie
Young a television personality and supporter of the foundation has been our MC for the past three years.
As Gandhi said, -“The future depends on what we do in the present”melanomore

P.O. Box 237 Montrose. 3765
P. 03 9761 8058 F. 03 9761 8222
E. [email protected]
W. www.emilysfoundation.org.au

Their CB number is 90245


Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria

The Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria

Thank you to all the customers who have nominated the Epilepsy Foundation and thank you to Ritchies for this great program. The Epilepsy Foundation has received over $40,409.00 to date (end May 2011) which has been used to support our counselling programs for people living with epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria is the major epilepsy crisis service dealing with in epilepsy in this state. We are there when people are in crisis - and continue to stand by them for as long as we are needed. On current estimates, that means not only providing support to the estimated 142,000 Victorians who will have epilepsy by the age of 70, but also to their families and friends, in excess of 500,000 people.

Pam & Elaine, Cranbourne Op Shop volunteers

By nominating the Epilepsy Foundation or having family and friends nominate us you are helping us make a difference. You can help us in another way, it is simple and easy to do … Our goal is to have at least one person in every household and business in Australia understand the appropriate first aid to give to someone having a seizure. You can be that person! Maybe you just want to know more about epilepsy. Call 1300 852 853 for a first aid pack or go to www.epinet.org.au

Other Ways You Can Help

The Epilepsy Foundation raises about 80% of the money it needs to fund its services through donations and fundraising activities. YOU can add to your efforts when shopping with Ritchies by helping us in other ways.

Do you have epilepsy and need help? Call 1300 852 853.

Would you like to find out more about epilepsy? Visit our website www.epinet.org.au

Opportunity shops - volunteer (ring David 0425 799 414) or donate goods (collection service 0425 799 415). Our shops are located Blackburn, East Kew, Parkdale and Cranbourne.

Make a donation - ring 1300 852 853 or Click Here to go to the web page. Raise funds to help - ring 1300 852 853 or Click Here to go to the web page.

Their CB numbers: 90768 (Vic), 91330 (NSW) and 99310 (QLD).


Fight Cancer Foundation

Fight Cancer Logo

Fight Cancer Foundation (the marketing arm of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute) established the program Fight Cancer Back on Track in 2005, which supports Australian children living with cancer to re-connect to their schools, teachers and peers. 800 Australian children a year are diagnosed with cancer.

Fight Cancer 1

Treatment and recovery can last two years or longer. Patients can become isolated from their schools and their mates. Unless they are able to continue their schooling during these times, they will drop a class level or more on return. This impedes their social, emotional and physical development.

With Back on Track, they stay in touch - their education continues, and because they have regular contact with their mates, any change in appearance - such as hair loss or weight gain - appears gradual. They have a smoother integration back into school on return and have a positive focus during treatment.

This program operates at the Royal Children's Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and at the Children's Hospital Westmead in Sydney. It will be expanded to Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Randwick Children's Hospital in Sydney, John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and further to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.

Our annual major fundraiser is Footy Colours Day on Friday September 4, 2009 - AFL, NRL, Rugby Union, Soccer & more - the opportunity to wear your favourite footy colours and donate to help the Back on Track program.

For more details and other fun ideas - please call 03 9342 7888 or visit www.fightcancer.org.au

Fight Cancer Foundation Achievements

  • Fight Cancer Foundation (formerly Bone Marrow Donor Institute) was established in 1989 and set up the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Currently, 150,000 Australians are registered and the internationally-linked Registry has provided transplants to more than 1800 leukaemia and cancer patients in Australia and overseas.
  • BMDI Cord Blood Bank, together with the National Cord Blood Bank, has collected, frozen and stored more than 8000 cord blood units from umbilical cords and placentas which have provided transplants to 500 patients in Australia and overseas.
  • Bone Marrow Research Laboratories on campus at Royal Melbourne Hospital work to find a cure for leukaemia and other cancers of the blood.
  • BMDI Rotary House has 13 self-contained apartments for patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families from regional Victoria, interstate and overseas.
  • Fight Cancer House in Hobart is a 20 bed accommodation house for patients and their families who need to travel to Hobart for treatment.

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If you would like to help the work of the Fight Cancer Appeal, their CB no's are as follows:

92396 (Vic)

91543 (NSW)

81303 (Qld)


Frankston Churches Community Breakfast


Frankston Churches Community Breakfast program feeds more than 50 homeless and destitute people, six days a week with the help of Ritchies' Community Benefit Card program and donations of more than $7,000 in the past two years.

”Thanks to Ritchies' Community Benefit Card program we are now able to supply the needy with a substantial and wholesome breakfast every day."
Mrs Janet McCahon,
Community Breakfast

Frankston Community Fund

Frankston Community Fund
The Frankston Community Fund is a charitable trust account set up for the Frankston community by Frankston City Council under the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Local Government Charitable Trust Account Scheme.

The aim of the charitable trust account is to build capital that will grow in perpetuity, generate interest and dividends and provide funding to support the work of local charities and community organisations through a grants program. The Frankston Community Fund will commence a grants program in 2012.

You can support the Frankston Community Fund by shopping at Ritchies Supermarkets and Liquor stores using your Community Benefit Card.

Either ask for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card at your nearest Ritchies store and nominate the Frankston Community Fund as the recipient or phone the Frankston Community Fund on 9784 1764 to have a Ritchies Community Benefit Card sent to you.

Our CB number is 81666.


Frankston Hospital

Frankston Hospital says thanks to Ritchies!

2004/2005 saw a $3.4 million redevelopment of Frankston Hospitals Radiology Department.

Once completed, it will improve clinician and patient access to advance medical imaging technology in addition to expanding and modernising the work environment.

The enhanced facilities will include:

  1. An additional X-ray room
  2. An additional ultrasound room and equipment
  3. Siting of the newly purchased DSA/Digital Fluoroscopy equipment into a purposely designed interventional suite.
  4. Improved reporting and staff facilities
  5. Improved patient facilities
  6. Siting of a new Multi-slice (16 slice) CT adjacent to the Emergency Department
  7. Improved workflow in facilities better designed to meet expanding demand.

Text Box:  Bert Thorbecke, Manager of Radiology and Scott Cribbs, CT Supervisor, with a CT scanner that will be relocated as part of the expansion

Frankston Hospital has received over $63,000.00 from Ritchies Community Benefit Program. You can help raise funds for Frankston Hospital by using your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card at any of our supermarkets or liquor stores. Their CB Number is 90188.

Shop at Ritchies where the local community benefits!


Frankston SES


South Gippsland Animal Aid

The Victoria State Emergency Service - Frankston Unit is a volunteer emergency service organisation that responds to a multitude of emergency situations such as Road Accidents, Storm Damage, Flooding, Rescues and Crime-scene searches and also assists other organizations in times of need.

As one of the busiest units, Frankston covers from Chelsea to Mornington for road rescue and Seaford to Mt. Eliza and out to Cranbourne for storm damage.

Penny Sayer, Promotions Officer and Bill Hopkins from Ritchies Beach Street store have recently presented to members of Frankston SES in recognition of donations of over $26,000 to date.

If you would like to assist the Frankston SES with their fundraising, you can nominate them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.

Their CB No: 92194.


Frankston/Peninsula Carers Inc

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FRANKSTON / PENINSULA CARERS Inc. is a charitable organization administered by a committee of management consisting of carers, business people and supporters committed to addressing the critical lack of housing for adults with an intellectual disability

Ageing parents/carers, many in their 60's, 70's and 80's are struggling physically mentally and financially to care for their adult children at home. Their greatest fear is “What will happen to my loved one when I can no longer take care of him/her or die.” The situation is now critical. All carers want a Home, a Positive Lifestyle and a Secure Future for their children - a transition from home to quality accommodation.

Our Group's Aim is to build appropriately designed and affordable housing to meet current and future needs of individuals with an intellectual disability, who will be given the opportunity to pursue a lifestyle of their choice and be part of a safe and supportive community. Respite accommodation / carer support will also be included in the overall design.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is supporting the project with a grant of $200,000 together with the Tipping foundation which has provided a low interest loan of $200,000. This has enabled the group to place a deposit on a block of land in the community hub of Hastings. We are now in the process of raising funds to complete the purchase and to build the facilities. We are actively seeking a working partnership and support from both the State and Federal Governments as well the Dept of Human Services.

If you wish to make a donation towards our housing project, please contact the Association's Secretary 5983 8785.

We are thrilled to be part of the Ritchie's Community Benefit Program and if you would like to nominate us the CB number is 80674.


Fred Hollows Foundation

Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation says Thanks!

“The support of Ritchies Stores customers helps Fred's work live on. With your help, The Fred Hollows Foundation is restoring sight, dignity and independence to those blinded by poverty alone, and helping to achieve equality and close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health. We cannot thank you enough for your continued assistance”.

Nicola Stewart
National Marketing and Fundraising Manager,
The Fred Hollows Foundation

Young Spirits Dancers

If you would like to help raise funds to help Fred's work live on, you can nominate the Fred Hollows Foundation as the beneficiary of Ritchies Community Benefit program when you apply for your free card or key tag.

Their CB number is 92325