This week, I’m honoured to be part of a blog tour for a unique book, The 10K Record by Christopher Healy, which will be launched on Saturday, May 5th. It’s a tale about a 10K dive in the murky waters of Lough Derg. Christopher Healy is a scuba-diving supremo with his own diving school in Co. Clare. When his only son Stephen developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he reached out to help him in the best way he knew how – by undertaking a record-breaking 10K dive. He decided to do it for Share a Dream, which had been very supportive of Stephen and his family during his illness.
All the other blogs on this blog tour will tell you of the sacrifice, courage and determination involved in such a venture. But as far as I’m concerned, the dive wasn’t Christopher’s only brave deed. It takes a lot of courage to commit your words to paper, especially if you’re more used to wielding an underwater pen than a humble biro.
This book beautifully captures the humour, the hardship and the heroism involved in undertaking a venture like this. The pictures accompanying the words also tell the story. I salute Christopher, his wife Trish and his diving colleagues for committing their experiences to paper with such honesty. This is a great story and because of this book, it will last forever.
That’s why I’d like to encourage all my readers to buy this book. Not only will you feel the warm glow of supporting a charity that changes children’s lives, you’ll get a good story for your money too. You can buy it by clicking on Christopher Healy’s Authors Page, where they’ll be available from Sunday 6th May onwards. If you’re more of an old fashioned creature, you can pre-order your book at Hughes & Hughes bookshop in Ennis.
You can also get your hands on a free signed copy of The 10K Record. Just leave a comment here, or go over to Facebook, like the Atlantic Diving School Facebook Page and leave your comment there – or leave a comment in both places and double your chances! Your comment must begin with the words Today I’m Diving. It need not have anything to do with water – you can be diving into tea, biscuits or laundry! If you leave your comment before tomorrow, you’ll get a personal message on your book.
Best of luck to Christopher and his team for the launch tomorrow at Hughes & Hughes bookstore in Ennis. Enjoy it – it’s an exciting time. This is the second last stop on the tour. Be sure to read the verdicts of my fellow bloggers, all excellent writers. There’s Marie Ennis O’Connor of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer, Catherine A. Connors, the brains behind the blog tour, at De-Stress 4 Life and Derry O’Donnell at Life and Fitness Mag. Christina Giliberi will round things off at CG Online Marketing