16 May 2014 Dr Katrina Warren to launch book for Defence kids

TV vet, and mother of one, Dr Katrina Warren will launch the second in a series of books aimed at kids of Defence force families on Sunday 18 May at Gold Creek Station, Hall. The book, Sticking Together, is a light-hearted story aimed at four to eight-year-olds.

Created by Defence Housing Australia (DHA), who provides housing for Defence members and their families, the book looks at life within a Defence family and delivers an important underlying message, while remaining educational and fun.

“The book aims to provide additional support to Defence families and builds upon our relationship with some of DHA’s youngest stakeholders, Defence children,” DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said.

“DHA is committed to assisting with the additional demands and challenges placed on Defence families during times of increased operational deployment. We pride ourselves on building homes and communities for every member of the Defence family, and that includes the littlest members of the family.”

The story follows Rex D. Dog and his family, as their Dad, who serves in the Army, goes away for work. Along the way, Rex celebrates his birthday, makes a new friend (Puss) and realises that the most important job of all is supporting his family.

“We are proud to launch Rex’s latest book with the support of the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) during National Families Week,” Mr Howman said. “DCO play a vital and pivotal role in providing programs and services to help Defence families face the challenges of military life, we hope this book will assist them in their endeavours.”
DCO will be holding a family fun day today, Sunday 18 May 2014, at Gold Creek Station, Hall.

The event starts at 11am, and will include sheep shearing, musical performances and plenty of fun activities for children. Dr Katrina Warren will be reading the book at noon to Defence children.

For media enquiries contact:
Kate McKay, National Manager Communication on 0421 040 098 or kate.mckay@dha.gov.au