Ritchies Testimonials

Hanwood Primary School

Hanwood Primary School says thanks to Ritchies!

Hanwood Primary School

Paul Sweeney, Principal of Hanwood Primary School wrote “Hanwood Primary School appreciates the generous donations that Ritchies IGA in Griffith Central provides.”

“Our school has found the extra funds to be critical in supporting both of our Literacy and Numeracy programs at the school.”

“Funds provided by Ritchies IGA are channeled into purchasing resources in both our 'Accelerated Literacy' and 'Count Me in Too' programs. These programs provide children with the opportunity to be extended and assisted in the curriculum. To date, these programs have produced excellent results and Ritchies IGA have assisted our school with their generous contribution.”

Pictured are Marisa Atkinson, Store Manager with Gaynor Castellaro (Assistant Principal) and her daughters, Ella and Ava who are students at the school.


Hastings Primary School

Thank you from Hastings Primary School!

Hastings Primary School was one of the first schools to be part of Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

They are so appreciative of how much Ritchies have given them and all the things they have been able to do with the money. They want to thank all those Community Benefit Cardholders who have nominated their school. They have received $49,702.78 to date (end March 2006).

The school has been able to install sails over the sandpit, a new bike cover area at the front of the school, improvements to the cycling and running track, a new laminating machine and other office equipment. They have an old oak tree which they have decked around, built seats and fenced it off for the students to chill out and get some shelter on hot days.

Is your school getting enough money from Ritchies Community Benefit Program? Many schools are receiving over $1,500 every month. Your school can too!

Help yourself to savings and help your favourite club, school or charity at the same time by shopping at Ritchies with your free Community Benefit Card today!


Heany Park Primary School

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Technology is alive and well at Heany Park Primary School. The school recently established a 30 PC computer lab early in 2008 with Acer Veriton S460 computers, digital web cameras and the latest software. Students across the school now attend regular ICT specialist lessons with their classroom teacher. This room has been well received by the students, teachers and the school community. The establishment of the ICT Learning Centre was assisted by funds distributed from the IGA Community Benefits Program. In particular, the funds were used to provide the furniture, awnings, wiring and security for the room.

The 21st Century demands new approaches to learning, and we need to ensure that today's students are adequately prepared for an ever-changing digital environment. It is the role of teachers and schools to equip students for this life through a technology-rich experience at school, where students and teachers don't just learn about technology, they use it to achieve powerful learning and teaching outcomes. This has been achieved through the establishment of a new computer lab and the replacement of computers across the school at Heany Park Primary School.

Prior to 2008, the school had a number of computers between two classrooms, which made it difficult to train students and teachers to use ICT tools. Some of the equipment was reaching the end of it's working life. The School Council approved the leasing of 130 new computers for the school, including 30 for the ICT Learning Centre. Each computer pod between the classrooms now houses 6 new computers, and the ICT Learning Centre or lab is now equipped with the state of the art technology and a range of excellent software. The lab is fully timetabled throughout the week and involves a comprehensive program conducted by ICT specialist Mrs. Lisa Hill (pictured with the current ICT captains Jonathan and Gabrial). Already students have been learning how to use such programs as Kahootz 3, Kid Pix Deluxe 4, Expression Web for web page design and are learning to use blogs, wikis and emails. The school has a comprehensive Cyber Safety program to encourage all staff, students and the community to be Cyber Smart when using the internet. The SuperClubs Plus web site in particular, which was a State Government initiative, has been a hit with the Year 3 and 4 students in learning how to be safe on the internet as it is free of cost for this group.

The new ICT Learning Centre hopes to embark upon profiling digital movie making across the school with the use of digital movie cameras and video editing software. Heany Park Primary School is now showing the potential of ICT to enable powerful teaching and learning with the establishment of the ICT Learning Centre. See our school web site at www.heanyparkps.vic.edu.au and click on the ICT Learning Centre link to learn more about our school program.

Thank you to Ritchies IGA for forwarding the funds from the Community Benefits Program - as staff and students are now more equipped for life in the 21st century!

Lisa Hill - ICT specialist 2009.


Heartbeat Victoria

A Second Chance!

“Heartbeat Victoria for St Vincent's Hospital is a supportive and fundraising group for cardiothoracic
patients, their families and friends - a completely voluntary association.

The Cardiothoracic Care Centre helps patients with medical heart problems from Melbourne, Country areas of Victoria and Interstate. Since Heartbeat began in 1886, they have purchased $457,000.00 worth of equipment to help in the treatment of serious heart problems.

Heartbeat aims to:

Assist in the further development of Cardiothoracic Care by raising funds to provide additional equipment and services.

Provide information and reassurance to patients, their families and friends, when a surgical or medical procedure may be necessary.

Promote friendship between patients, their families and friends through meetings, social and educational events.

Heartbeat wish to thank all those customers who have nominated Heartbeat Victoria for St Vincent's Hospital, CB number 92254 and hope their support continues to the extent that Ritchies Community Benefit Scheme will be acknowledged on an essential piece of equipment. All equipment purchased aims to ensure best care and improve patient comfort, and is selected by the hospital in consultation with the medical staff of the Cardiothoracic Care Centre. Special thanks to Ritchies and all those customers who have nominated Heartbeat Victoria.”

If you would like to help this vital work, simply nominate Heartbeat Victoria when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card and present your card to the cashier every time you shop!



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We are a National Children's Charity run by employees and volunteers who are concerned with the care of children born with or who acquire Childhood Heart Disease (CHD). We are a not for profit organisation whose mission is to empower those effected by childhood heart disease through support, awareness, research and advocacy.

Facts about Childhood Heart Disease in Australia

  • One in 100 kids are born with heart disease
  • That is six babies every day across Australia
  • Over 2000 per year
  • Approx 45,000 under the age of 20 have been affected
  • Heart Disease is the greatest killer of children in our country
  • It takes more lives than all other childhood diseases combined

It accounts for 35% of childhood deaths.


CB No. 93788

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There are thousands of disadvantaged children living in Victoria. They deserve the opportunity to participate in these programs. This of course can only be achieved by building further affiliations with a number of partners and we seek your help.

The Heartwell Foundation presents companies, community organisations and individuals with wonderful opportunities to make measurable and long term changes in the lives of disadvantaged children in a most positive and meaningful way.

Our Vision

It is our vision that Australian children, living with illness, disability, or disadvantage can access rehabilitation and movement education programs that will unlock their physical potential, fully enriching them and the communities in which they live and so challenge them to climb mountains they never dreamed of climbing.

To contact the Heartwell Foundation phone 03 9842 0396 or email [email protected] or visit our website www.heartwell.org.au

Helimed 1 Air Ambulance Rescue

Helimed 1 Air Ambulance Rescue Helicopter provides a vital service to the community of Gippsland.

“On behalf of the Auxiliary of Helimed 1 Air Ambulance Rescue Helicopter, I would like to thank Ritchies Stores Pty Ltd for your donations to the auxiliary for us to use to purchase vital equipment and provide training for the crew of the helicopter.

We take great pride in the work carried out by the crew of Helimed 1 in providing this vital service to the community of Gippsland. Helimed 1 responds to approximately 600 tasks a year, which is made up of hospital transfers, air lifting of critical patients from remote locations as well as involvement in search and rescue missions over both land and water.

Whilst the government provides the helicopter for use, the auxiliary provides some of the vital medical equipment on board. This equipment constantly requires updating to keep up with ongoing medical technological advances. Your contribution in helping us to achieve this aim is greatly appreciated, and will only increase the standard of care that we can provide to the community.

Thank you for your support of Helimed 1.”

David Soutar
Helimed 1 Auxiliary


Helmeted Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeater's - Victoria's state bird emblem - On the brink

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Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater formed in May 1989 when the population of the Helmeted Honeyeater's reached a critically low level of 50 birds. We share a concern for the future of our critically endangered Victorian bird emblem (the only bird endemic to Victoria) and want to contribute to the conservation of Australia's unique flora and fauna.

Our major aims are:

  • To protect existing habitat and plant future habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater
  • To raise awareness about the plight of the Helmeted Honeyeater and enlist broad community support for the Recovery project.

Our core conservation projects:

  • With the dedication of local volunteers, we grow around 80,000 indigenous plants each year for habitat plantings throughout the Yarra Valley in Victoria
  • With the valued help of local school, community and corporate groups, we plant approximately 15,000 habitat plants each year for Victoria's faunal emblems, the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater & the endangered Leadbeater's Possum. and all of the species that co-exist with them
  • We educate others of the plight of Australia's endangered species and the things we can all do to make a positive difference
  • In partnership with many groups and organisations, we advocate for broad conservation outcomes that will protect and enhance our natural environment.

If you believe in the saying 'Think globally. Act locally' and are passionate about making a difference, then convert your precious time into endangered species conservation work and improve your local environment by becoming a volunteer with the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater. Learn skills, gain experiences, share knowledge. You'll be warmly welcomed.

For more information:

web: www.helmetedhoneyeater.org.au

email: [email protected]

phone: (03) 5964 8341

post: PO Box 131, Woori Yallock, VIC 3139

nursery sales: Tues & Thurs 9.30-3pm, 1217 Macclesfield Road, Yellingbo, VIC. 3139 (Melway reference 305 G11)

Ritchies Community Benefit Program has donated over $3,022 to Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater to date (end July 2011).

CB Number: 93319


Help for Wildlife

Help for Wildlife needs your help!

South Gippsland Animal Aid

Help for Wildlife is a 24 Hour State-wide Wildlife emergency Service which is a voluntary, community based, non-profit, non-political organization established in 1995 to assist with distressed wildlife on all levels. Help for Wildlife serves to encourage greater understanding and respect for the needs of wildlife and actively seeks solutions to wildlife problems.

The rescue unit is on constant standby to attend wildlife emergencies such as Bushfires, Oil spills, and Floods. Road accidents, mine shafts, koalas injured by family pets, a big kangaroo rescued from a river, lizards, echidnas, possums, snakes, owls and ducks - the stories are endless.

Check their web site to find out more on www.helpforwildlife.com

They need blankets, bedding and food for these injured animals. The best way to help them is to nominate Help for Wildlife when

apply for your Community Benefit Card at ANY Ritchies supermarket or liquor store.

Their CB number is 91522.