Rueben Pitt Visits Government House

Rueben Pitt in Year 6 recently received a special invitation to attend the Hush Foundation book launch at Government House.

IMG_6308Rueben has undergone treatment for leukaemia, and his physician, Dr Catherine Crock started the Hush Foundation to improve the environment in which children with cancer underwent painful procedures.

She brought together classical musicians to create a series of CDs to help relax and calm sick children and their families.  These CDs and music are now played in theatres, waiting rooms, recovery and patient rooms in the Royal Children’s Hospital and many hospitals around Australia and internationally.

IMG_6305Dr Crock recently worked with well known Australian Children’s book creators to produce The Hush Treasure Book featuring artwork, stories and poems from thirty of Australia’s best loved storytellers: Nick Bland, Karen Briggs, Kevin Burgemeestre, Michael Camilleri, Jackie French, Jane Godwin, Bob Graham, Jacqui Grantford, Mark Greenwood, Ann James, Danny Katz, Frane Lessac, Alison Lester, Chris McKimmie, Doug McLeod, Glenda Millard, Stephen Michael King, Tohby Riddle, Victoria Rohan, Judith Rossell, Paul Seden, Craig Smith, Shaun Tan, Jane Tanner, Karen Tayleur, Mitch Vane, Julie Vivas, Anna Walker, Bruce Whatley, and Margaret Wild.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 8.45.09 amThe Hush Treasure Book is full of stories for children to read or be read when in the hospital.

When Dr Crock received an Order of Australia medal this year, she invited Rueben to be photographed with her.  When the book launch was to be at Government House she again invited Rueben along.

On the day Rueben was greeted at the door and seated at the front.

FullSizeRenderThere was a reading of the book, some music and speeches, and then Reuben and his family were free to explore Government House.  Rueben spoke with the Governor herself and her aides.  He visited the ballroom and lounge area.

Rueben found a photo of the Governor during Gold Rush times and remembered learning about him last year.

Reuben and his family felt very honoured to be at the launch.

The Hush Treasure Book is available from bookstores or online.



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