Vampire Swim international blood drive

Cork Blood

Vampire Swim’s international blood drive by open water swimmers worldwide is now underway. The Swim is an informal open water swim and costume party held around Halloween weekend in approximately 20 venues in Ireland, Scotland, Ontario, and around the United States. Swimmers are asked to give blood in the six weeks prior to the swim or make a donation to a blood collection organization in their community.

Vampire Swim was begun in 2015 on the inspiration of Greg O’Connor of Natick, MA, Jaimie Monahan of New York, NY, and Phil White, of Derby, VT. Initially there were about 15 venues. This year, the number of venues has grown to include: Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Toronto, Ontario.

For a full listing of venues and contact information see

Regardless of whether swimmers have a venue nearby, all open water swimmers are encouraged to give blood or make a donation this autumn. Let Vampire Swim know and they will be happy to send any blood giver or donator a custom Vampire Swim cap and welcome them to our community of Vampire Swimmers.

For more information, please contact Phil White, Director, Kingdom Games at

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