Top 10 in the Clash of the Titans [ 7/20/09 ]

The creme de la creme of the dragon boat racing community in Eastern Canada clashed in a resounding battle on Saturday July 18 at the GWN Sport Regatta. Widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive regattas in North America over the past few years, this battle of titans was a delicious challenge and the MOFOs pounced at the opportunity to partake in this race with unabashed enthusiasm. With the very fastest teams from across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada participating, there was simply no better way to test the team's mettle than to meet the giants head on.

The MOFOs were honoured find themselves in the company of some of the finest athletes this country has produced. We were thrilled to count amongst our competition ex-Olympian paddlers and national calibre paddlers who have competed on behalf of our nation in various global forums. The task at hand was serious, and the MOFOs flexed diligently in anticipation.

A great cheer went up in the MOFO ranks when the race schedule was released, as they noted with great relief they would in fact be in the first race of the day. Having gained much reknown as a group of disciplined early-risers, the team scoffed at the late 6:45AM start time and they were glad that they would not have to pace hungrily for too long before racing that morning. The team was ready for the task at hand!

The MOFOs roared off the starting line in the first race (200m), to seed themselves firmly in the A division with energy to spare. Noting that the finish line had appeared so quickly, they resolved to pour their energy into making the next race even faster. They quickly made good on their resolve in their exciting 200m finals, where the MOFOs hit a record top speed of close to 17kmph and netted a third place finish against fantastic competition.

MOFOS - 0:48.30
CHAOS - 0:48.83
PDBC HEAT - 0:48.45
SRP PIRANHAS - 0:47.83
HANALEI - 0:47.91


According to anonymous sources, one spectator was purportedly overcome with emotion and ardent admiration, and ran up to one of the MOFOs (who was valiantly racing with a broken foot) to wish him a happy birthday and good luck with the races. Mr Joynt patiently replied with a kindly smile "Thanks, but I don't need birthday luck... I have my birthday biceps!"

With the 200m races completed, the team rested up for the challenging races ahead. Relaxing with a lunch of savoury vietnamese subs and a spot of shopping, the team was dismayed to return to camp and note that the water supply was running dangerously low. The MOFOs were seen to be carefully rationing the aquasupply, however even the observance of the newly established conservation plan could not put a damper on their spirits as they juggled, chatted and laughed the hours away.

The first round of the A division 500m races saw the MOFOs in a battle against tough competition, where they were surprised to garner their best year-to-date 500m time on a regulation race course (2:05.74). Fueled by the lunch subs, the team progressed into the nail-biter 500m finals and surged to a fourth place finish that proclaimed that they did indeed belong.

JETSTART - 2:08.45
SRP PIRANHAS - 2:04.96
HANALEI - 2:05.46
CSDC - 2:03.26
MOFOS - 2:06.26


The MOFOs were rounded off the regatta with a grueling invitational 2000m race of the top ten teams and surprised themselves by netting the team's first sub-10 minute 2K race time (9:58)! What a fantastic way to cap off the day!

Thanks to our esteemed competition for the intense racing! Special thanks go out to all the guest coxwains who rescued the team at the 11th hour on race day and to all out-of-town teams that made the trip to Toronto.

Congratulations for an outstanding day of racing MOFOs!


MOFOs Bring Easter Cheer to the Daily Bread Food Bank! [ 4/15/09 ]

The MOFOs were proud to be able to help support the Daily Bread Food Bank with our friends on a recent volunteer day at the Daily Bread's warehouse location in Toronto. Thanks to some incredible efficiency, our group of volunteers not only completed two days worth of sorting in one session and landed on TV, we were also lauded as the "favourite group" for our good cheer.

Thanks goes out to all the enthusiastic volunteers for dedicating a portion of the long weekend to helping out this great cause. Photos from our volunteer day can be found in this online album

Supporting the Cause

You help make a difference! Only with your on-going support will we be successful in the fight against hunger in our communities. Daily Bread Food Bank relies solely on individual, corporate and foundation support to help feed people in need, educate the public about hunger issues and address the root causes of hunger. Because of this support, the Daily Bread was able to feed almost 900,000 people last year through a network of neighbourhood food banks across the GTA, as well as store, sort and ship millions of pounds of donated food across Canada. Your support is critical in our fight to end hunger.

We were fortunate enough to send a contingent of Mofos out to the Daily Bread Food Bank yesterday to help sort through the food donations collected from local fire halls and supermarkets for Christmas. The outpour of donations over the holidays from the public is incredibly heartwarming!

If you were unable to attend our volunteer day on April 11 or would like to contribute further, more information can be found here: http://dailybread.ca/get_involved/Donate-Money.cfm

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!



MOFOs Eye Candy Halloween Party a Huge Success! [ 11/7/08 ]

Thank you!

Our sincere thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate Halloween night with the MOFOs, making the sold-out Eye Candy party the biggest and best MOFO event yet! Over 750 party-goers filled the club to capacity showed off fun, sexy and creative costumes whilst dancing the night away. What a great opportunity to catch up with many of our friends old and new from the paddling community throughout the night.



Congratulations to all our Contest Winners!

Thanks to the generous contributions by our sponsors, we were pleased to give away close to $10,000 in great prizes throughout the night. We laud all the creative, original and fun costumes that we saw throughout the night and congratulate all of our winners.




We've received so much great feedback about the party and we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the party as much as we did. Thanks again everyone - we look forward to partying it up again with you soon!



Supporting the Canadian Cancer Society

As a result of your support, we are pleased to announce that we were able to meet our goal of donating $1,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society, a cause that is deeply personal to the MOFOs.

The Canadian Cancer Society is leading the way in the fight against cancer, by:
  • funding research on all types of cancer;
  • offering comprehensive and credible information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; and
  • providing support for people living with cancer, family members and friends.

    The funds will help support the efforts of the Canadian Cancer Society to research, treat and ultimately eradicate cancer. Together we can help join this battle and contribute to beating this disease. Thank you for your generous support and for helping us make a difference with this great cause!

    If you weren't able to make it out to our event or would like to make a further personal contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society, please click here.

    Thanks for your support!


    MOFOs: Grand Champions of Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Regatta [ 8/11/08 ]



    MOFOs Donate $1000 to Daily Bread Food Bank! [ 10/21/07 ]

    MOFOs "Immortal" Party a Hit - Thank You!

    We'd like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone that came out to party it up with the MOFOs - the Immortal party was a big hit! Once again, we're honoured to be able to celebrate the end of the season with you and re-live all the memories of the competition, fun and accomplishments.



    October 19 will go down in history as the infamous night of "glory, victory & honour" (shots) and we're thrilled to have brought together our friends from the paddling community for a night of dancing, celebration and general revelry...

    Huge thanks also go out to our amazing sponsors, for the wicked prize packs we gave away:

    - Goodlife Fitness
    - Lululemon
    - Stuart Knight Productions
    - Broiler King




    MOFOs donate $1,000 to the Daily Bread Food Bank


    As a result of your kind support, we were able to meet our goal of donating $1,000 to support the efforts of the Daily Bread Food Bank, as well as many boxes brimming full of non-perishable food donations.

    The Daily Bread Food Bank is dedicated to eliminating hunger in and around Toronto by feeding hungry people. It aims to put an end to the root causes of hunger through various public education programs and research. Serving over 170 food programs, Daily Bread is Canada's second largest food bank.

    Thank you for your generous support!

    Supporting the Cause

    You help make a difference! Only with your on-going support will we be successful in the fight against hunger in our communities. Daily Bread Food Bank relies solely on individual, corporate and foundation support to help feed people in need, educate the public about hunger issues and address the root causes of hunger. Because of this support, the Daily Bread was able to feed almost 900,000 people last year through a network of neighbourhood food banks across the GTA, as well as store, sort and ship millions of pounds of donated food across Canada. Your support is critical in our fight to end hunger.

    We were fortunate enough to send a contingent of Mofos out to the Daily Bread Food Bank yesterday to help sort through the food donations collected from local fire halls and supermarkets for Christmas. The outpour of donations over the holidays from the public is incredibly heartwarming!

    If you were unable to attend our event on October 19, or would like to contribute, further information can be found here: http://dailybread.ca/get_involved/Donate-Money.cfm

    Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks again everyone and we look forward to partying it up again with you soon.


    MOFOs spread holiday cheer for Sick Kids Foundation! [ 11/20/06 ]

    Over the past weekend, a group of stalwart MOFOs and our friends braved the crowds and cold weather to help volunteer at Toronto's Santa Claus Parade, in support of the Sick Kids Foundation.

    Our group of volunteers worked the parade route, talking to kids of all ages to energize spectators with the prospect of seeing the big man in red himself - all the while selling toques, dvds, stickers and glowing necklaces to raise money for the excellent work being done at the world-famous Sick Kids Hospital.

    Despite the cold weather, the hope and happiness from the kids warmed our hearts, and our volunteers raised a lot of money to support the cause. Thanks for coming out and helping to spread the holiday cheer MOFOs!



    Operation Christmas Child 2006 a success! [ 11/16/06 ]

    The MOFOs were proud to once again support the "Operation Christmas Child" campaign, and worked together to donate toys, toiletries, school supplies, books, clothing... sharing our love with children living in countries that have been ravaged by war, famine, extreme poverty, or natural disaster.

    Our team carries on this wonderful holiday tradition and we're pleased to announce that we were able to donate close to 30 carefully gift wrapped shoeboxes packed with goodies this year - a new MOFO record!

    About Operation Christmas Child

    Operation Christmas Child provides a practical way for Canadians to share our love with children living in countries that have been ravaged by war, famine, extreme poverty, or natural disaster. In 1992, Franklin Graham, International President of Samaritan's Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child. Since then, more than 35 million shoe boxes have been delivered to hurting children in over 100 countries.

    Each precious and carefully-packed shoe box gift sent overseas is a reminder that in the midst of all the pain, suffering, and violence, someone still cares. It is more than a box of toys; it is a personal gift of hope and love.

    For more information about Operation Christmas Child, please visit: http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ/


    MOFOs donate $1000 to UNICEF [ 11/13/06 ]

    Hi everyone,

    Thank You!

    A huge thanks goes out to everyone that came out to party it up with the MOFOs last month - the Superstitions party was a big success! Once again, we're honoured to be able to celebrate the end of the season with you and re-live all the crazy memories of the competition, fun and accomplishments.

    We're thrilled to have brought together all our friends from the paddling community (even amidst the chaos of finding out the original venue lost their liquor license on the day of the party!) for a night of dancing, celebration and general revelry... Dragon boat paddlers prove time and again that we clean up nicely, and Friday the 13th has never looked so good!

    MOFOs donate $1000 to UNICEF

    As a result of your kind support, we were able to meet our goal of donating $1000 to support UNICEF's emergency relief efforts in the Middle East. UNICEF has been mobilized to provide relief by supplying clean drinking water, medicine and other basic essentials; protecting children from the threat of unexploded cluster bombs; and to immunize them against preventable diseases. Thank you for your generous support and for helping us support this great cause.

    Supporting the Cause


    Hundreds of thousands of children have been displaced and thousands more have been traumatized by an environment of extraordinary insecurity and anxiety. Many children were injured during the crisis and they continue to be vulnerable to unexploded bombs and landmines, susceptible to disease and at risk for long-term psychological trauma. If you aren't able to make it out to our event or would like to make a further personal contribution to UNICEF, please check the following link for further information: http://www.unicef.ca/portal/Smartdefault.aspx?at=1705

    Thanks again everyone and we look forward to partying it up again with you soon!


    MOFOs contribute to Operation Christmas Child 2005! [ 11/17/05 ]

    The MOFOs are proud to participate in this year's Operation Christmas Child campaign, donating toys, toiletries, school supplies, books, clothing and more to share our love with children living in countries that have been ravaged by war, famine, extreme poverty, or natural disaster.

    We're happy to have been able to donate close to 20 carefully gift wrapped shoeboxes packed with goodies this year. Here are some action shots:



    About Operation Christmas Child

    Operation Christmas Child provides a practical way for Canadians to share our love with children living in countries that have been ravaged by war, famine, extreme poverty, or natural disaster. In 1992, Franklin Graham, International President of Samaritan's Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child. Since then, more than 35 million shoe boxes have been delivered to hurting children in over 100 countries.

    Each precious and carefully-packed shoe box gift sent overseas is a reminder that in the midst of all the pain, suffering,
    and violence, someone still cares. It is more than a box of toys; it is a personal gift of hope and love.

    For more information about Operation Christmas Child, please visit: http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ/


    MOFOs donate $1000 to the Canadian Red Cross [ 10/3/05 ]

    A great big thanks to everyone that came out to party it up with the MOFOs on Saturday night, making the sold-out Kiss n Tell party a hugely successful MOFO social event. We were able to catch up with many of our friends old and new from the paddling community, and our party-goers filled the club to capacity. We're thrilled to have brought together close to 600 people to take part in the dancing, kissing, beading, and general revelry!

    As a result of your kind support, we are pleased to announce that we were able to meet our goal of donating $1000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the Gulf Coast. Thank you for your generous support and for helping us make a difference with this great cause.

    Congratulations to our Contest Winners!

    Kisses flew throughout the night as the ladies competed in the beads contest. The competition was fierce, so please join us in congratulating the beautiful winners of our Miss MOFO Mardi Gras 2005 contest. Congratulations also go out to the raffle and door prize winners, we hope you all enjoy your prizes.

    We're pleased to have heard a lot of great feedback already and we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the party as much as we did. Thanks again everyone - we look forward to partying it up again with you soon!

    Supporting the Canadian Red Cross

    Canadian Red Cross helps people affected by emergencies and disasters; situations ranging from a housefire to a flood that disrupts an entire region of the country. Following a disaster, Red Cross works with governments and other humanitarian organizations to provide for people's basic needs; food, clothing, shelter, first aid, emotional support and family reunification. The specific services offered will be based on the community's needs and the role that Red Cross has in the local disaster response plan.

    All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge and is made possible because of the generosity of financial donors.

    If you weren't able to make it out to our event or would like to make a further personal contribution to the Canadian Red Cross, please check the following link for further information: http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=000043&tid=016

    Thanks for your support.


    MOFOs @ Daily Bread Food Bank [ 9/27/05 ]

    One of the pet causes of the MOFOs is the Daily Bread Food Bank and we try to get in there every Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving to give them a helping hand.

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Daily Bread Food Bank needs volunteers to help them through the seasonal rush and the Mofos and our friends will be there to help them out. It won't be the most exciting work, we'll just be sorting food from the donors, but it'll be for a great cause and we can hang out to talk about (what else) dragonboat.

    As a bit of background, the Daily Bread Food Bank is dedicated to eliminating hunger in and around Toronto by feeding hungry people. It aims to put an end to the root causes of hunger through various public education programs and research. Serving over 170 food programs, Daily Bread is Canada's second largest food bank. It is a non-profit, charitable organization.

    If you can't make it out that day, there are other ways to help out too! Especially during the holiday rush, they always appreciate donations of food and money.

    This Thanksgiving, we are going to be helping them sort food on October 8, from around 10am to 2pm.

    If you are interested in coming out to help out with this very worthy cause, please let us know via email. See you there!




    MOFOs help power the Youth Spirit Challenge [TIDBRF 2005] [ 8/19/05 ]

    In conjunction with the Toronto Chinese Business Association (TCBA) and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival (TIDBRF), the MOFOs were able to contribute back to the community doing something they love.

    For the weeks leading up the TIDBRF, the MOFOs and other like-minded paddlers from other teams participated in the Youth Spirit Challenge (YSC). The YSC is a City of Toronto initiative aimed at accessible to everyone, regardless of what their special needs may be. The YSC is an event that is unique to the TIDBRF, introducing kids and teenagers with special needs to the sport of dragon boat racing.

    The MOFO paddlers formed part of the enthusiastic and happy volunteer group (steerspeople, drummers and paddlers) that powered 6 YSC boats for the practices and the big YSC race at Centre Island on the weekend of June 25/26, all the while singing, clapping, and helping the kids enjoy their experience on the water.

    We are very happy to have been involved in this fun and rewarding experience, and look forward to future opportunities to contribute back to the community.

    Special thanks to Blake Hara and Susan Lewis for running this exceptional program.


    MOFOs triumph as the top ranked Toronto team in Montreal! [ 8/18/05 ]

    It was a weekend that would later be found at the centre of a storm of controversy, but for the MOFOs, it was a chance to execute some precision racing, eat like kings, party and soak up the beautiful city of Montreal.

    After a day of traveling valiantly eastward through remote parts of the Trans Canada Highway, the MOFO warriors were finally in la belle province. Upon arrival, the MOFOs quickly cast off their luggage and headed downtown for shopping, sight seeing and of course the mandatory refueling with delicious smoked meat sandwiches at the world-renowned Schwartz's Delicatessen. They knew that the battle ahead would not be easy, and the delectable fare that they eagerly devoured would provide precious fuel for the weekend of racing.

    SATURDAY - DAY ONE

    The sleep-deprived MOFOs loaded the boats and raced with dogged determination in the first day of racing. Saturday was deemed to be a day for the team to "test the waters" and feel out what strategies would work best in the race course. The first qualifier heat started off fast, with a high stroke rate that did not drop. It was determined that this would not be the most efficient rate or method, but nevertheless, this heat saw them easily beat the local Montreal teams by open water. The race gave everyone a chance to wake up and prepare for the next race with (what else?) more eating.

    MOFOS 2:17.29
    AIR CANADA CARGO SONIC DRAGONS 2:21.16

    LES ARSÈNES 2:23.27
    RENCONTRESPORTIVE.COM 1 2:25.20
    KRAKEN TOO 2:29.22


    Recharged and ready for more action, the MOFOs once again raced fiercely alongside strong Montreal contenders, including the vicious Gingerbread Crew. Once again, even from a relatively shallow lane the MOFOs won the qualifying heat by open water.


    MOFOS 2:15.03
    GINGERBREAD CREW 2:23.18
    DRAKO LONGUEUIL CORPORATE 2:24.26
    HARVARD DUDLEY DRAGONBOAT TEAM 2:34.14
    MONTREAL THUNDER DRAGON BOAT CLUB - LIGHTNING 2:41.12
    THE ALLIANCE GENESIS 2:41.13


    Happy to have won their first two races, the MOFOs had other things in mind for the rest of the day: poutine and partying. The Montreal race format is such that each team has two qualifying heats on the first day, and the faster of these two times is considered by the officials to decide which division each team will be competing in. The 170+ teams are divided into 3 divisions: Rookie (bottom 1/3 of times), Intermediate (middle 1/3 of times), and Premier (top 1/3 of times). With the decisive wins over the competition, the MOFOs had secured a spot in the Premier division finals easily.

    SUNDAY - DAY TWO

    The MOFOs arrived at the race site on Sunday knowing that the races of the day would be a lot closer, and everyone would have to be in top form. Kicking off the day, the MOFOs first had to overcome the extremely shallow 6th lane in the semi-finals against close competitors Isshin, DCH, Boston DBC, Shogun, and Riptide. Sleep deprived and scrambling for a steersperson, the flustered MOFOs put on a good show for a close race, but came in more than a second behind the winning team. The race time seemed unnaturally slow, but even more unnatural, due to the results of the race the MOFOs were now slotted to be in the D division finals. How disappointing!

    The MOFOs cheered themselves up with some excellent Chinese food at the race site, infuriated with the semi-final results and determined to find redemption in the final race. At the eleventh hour, shortly after returning to the grand stands for some consolatory flexing, the captain of Isshin rushed over to let the team know that a protest was being lodged by each of the other teams in race #89 and that the officials were going to re-run the races. Apparently a big mistake had been made - there were two sets of boats in use at the race site, one slower than the other. Each of the premier division semi-final races had raced with the fast set of boats except for the race in question. Since results were time-based, it was imperative in the name of justice and righteousness that the semi-final be re-raced, so that all teams were at an even point of comparison.



    The sun broke through the clouds, the birds sang a delightful opus, and flowers bloomed in their wake. This was a gift from the gods that the MOFOs would be wont to deny. The team had supped wrongly and temporarily from the cup of mediocrity, and they didn't like it one bit. This was time to kick some butt.

    The aura of determination and resolve that enveloped the team was tangible from the grand stands, this was an opportunity to make things right, and they were there to make it happen. Each of the MOFOs marched to the offending sets of boats and sat stony-faced with purpose, ready to push off and recreate history. Make no mistake, this was war. Time to apply the Moore's law, and "JUST F*** S*** UP!"

    With meticulous precision the MOFOs executed an excellent race, every stroke fed by their willpower to do better and go faster. With power series after power series, and a stunning finish, the MOFOs did the near-unheard-of and won the race from the worst lane on the course! Through this dramatic turn of events, the MOFOs earned their rightful spot amongst their peers and were seeded 9th overall (B division). What a turn of events! It was a lesson to the team not to take any races for granted, and it was a lesson well learned. The MOFOs were prepared to face some more great teams in the final.

    MOFOS 2:11.21 1
    ISSHIN 2:11.28 2
    SHOGUN WARRIORS 2:12.25 3
    TCBA JR RIPTIDE 2:12.26 4
    DCH UNIVERSITY/HIGH SCHOOL 2:12.29 5
    DRAGON BOAT CLUB OF BOSTON - DRACHENFURIE 2:17.15 6


    In the finals, the MOFOS were slotted to race some of the great names of the Montreal dragon boat scene: Isshin, Wong's Immortal Dragons, DCH, BMO Financial, and ETS Phoenix. As we approached the starting line, the MOFOs felt privileged and honored to be racing in the same heat as these impressive teams. The gun fired and again the heavens smiled down on the team, giving them another stellar performance from start to finish. After the amazing race, the race announcer pronounced the team as finishing in third place unofficially. When the official results were posted, the team was ecstatic to learn that they placed 2nd behind the highly regarded DCH team, ranking 8th overall. The silver medalists were destined to have a helluva party that night!

    DCH EXP 2:12.27
    MOFOS 2:14.05
    BMO GROUPE FINANCIER 2:14.07
    ISSHIN 2:14.16
    WONG'S DBC IMMORTAL DRAGONS 2:14.22
    PHOENIX - ETS 2:15.21


    Congratulations go out the MOFO ladies that helped power the MAD Women's crew to a Premier B division bronze finish, and to the MOFO men that helped power the MAD Men's crew and RIP the Fondue Men's crew in their equally exciting races.

    Special thanks go out to our coxes Eddie (TCBA), Don (Hammerheads), Matt (MAD) and our new friend from New Dragonz for being a good sport.

    Congratulations and well done MOFOs!



    Rained Out Battle of Waterloo Prompts Water Fight [ 7/18/05 ]


    Breaking from tradition the MOFOs chose not to combine with another team but rather to send their own squad to fight it out at the battle of Waterloo this year. The Mofos had to dig deep into their roster to fill the boat including bringing back the legendary Mister Greg Fuller.

    In their first heat of the day the MOFOs wanted to come out with a blistering start to lose wash riders and coast to a berth in the platinum division. After the gun went off the Mofos executed one of their all time finest starts. The start felt so good in fact that after the transition to race pace several conversations broke out about just how great the start really was. In the midst of the parlance our guest cox became cognizant of our stroke rate. A command to the effect of "Uh... Guys, you might want to pick it up a bit" was given. The MOFOs then kicked it into high gear to finish well ahead of the pack. The final results were:

    1 MOFOS 2:11.16
    2 Summer Dragon's, Eh? 2:15.14
    3 Stratford Women 2:21.08
    4 S'WET BANDITS 2:37.04
    5 Lick it & Stick it 2:51.20

    The lackluster effort was surprisingly good enough for 2nd over all after one round of action. After analyzing the results it became clear the lanes were not entirely even this year. Perennial powerhouse Tempest was slotted in the slow end of the race course in lane one. They actually came out slower than the Mofos with a time of only 2:13.02. Clearly something was not right however the Mofos eagerly looked forward to facing off with Tempest in the finals for their chance to pull off an upset. TCBA Riptide Jr lucked out drawing the fast lane 5 and proceeded to race impressively posting the best time of the day with 2:10.14.

    Unfortunately a near torrential down pour complete with thunder and lightning overtook the race course. The weather was so bad that the entire regatta had to be cancelled and with that the Mofos were given 2nd place over all at the 2005 Waterloo dragon boat festival and a nice piece of hardware to boot. The events of the day left much business unsettled. Business that will be administered at Montreal and GWN.

    In the meantime, wet and with no racing to do the MOFOs erupted into a massive water fight when seasoned veteran Kay Chang unveiled her collection of 20 water guns. After a civil war broke out between the MOFO Men and the MOFOettes the two side reunited to go hunting other dragon boat teams. Fond memories ensued, almost all of which were caught on tape.



    2005 Toronto Taste Volunteer Event a Success! [ 7/3/05 ]

    On Sunday June 12 2005, the MOFOs and some of our friends became a part of the hardworking volunteer team for the 2005 Toronto Taste Event. The event was a fundraising benefit event for the Second Harvest food bank.

    Thanks to the efforts of the MOFOs & friends team and the work of all who participated, the total funds raised are expected to exceed $500,000! In other words, these efforts have helped raise enough funds for Second Harvest to deliver food for approximately 1.5 million meals. The MOFOs are proud to have helped make a difference to those in need in our community!

    Some information about the Second Harvest:

    Second Harvest was founded in Toronto in 1985 as a way to address the growing problem of hunger in Toronto, with the vision that nobody in our community need ever go hungry.

    The Second Harvest is a volunteer driven organization that collects and delivers unused fresh food from the city's restaurants and small grocery stores to shelters across the city. Over the years, Second Harvest has grown to provide fresh and frozen foods for roughly 12,000 meals every day.

    Each morning six refrigerated trucks leave the Downsview warehouse and head to the four corners of the city, picking up high-quality, perishable foods that would otherwise be wasted. Donors include grocery stores, food manufacturers and distributors, hotels and caterers. Second Harvest drivers pick up this fresh food and transport it within hours to the front lines of hunger - to community centres, shelters, breakfast programs and drop-in centres. These social service agencies offer the Second Harvest food to children in need, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, psychiatric patients and thousands of other who have fallen on hard times.


    Presenting ... the MOFOs in A-division! [ 6/9/05 ]


    An unsettling calm settled over the Frenchman's Bay on June 4th, 2005, the type of calm that inevitably lends itself into a frenzied, harrowing storm. The arrival of a monumental breakthrough deserved no less than to be trumpeted by this dramatic atmosphere, for the MOFOs made history that day in the world of competitive dragon boat racing. Putting forth a vulgar display of power, the MOFOs silenced pundits and cynics alike with their smashing debut in the A-division at the Pickering Dragon Boat Festival - arguably one of the most competitive regattas of the season.

    The phenomenal results speak to the growth that the team has experienced within the past two years of its existence. Through dedicated training, strategic recruiting and establishing strong team bonds, the team has leaped-frogged many competitive teams since it's first ever competition at Ontario Place in 2002.

    Finally hitting the big leagues was a welcome surprise at the MOFO camp. Having had but a scant 7 practices, with no pool or dry land training prior to the Pickering regatta, no doubt there were questions about how they would manage to pull it all together. With only one week before Pickering the team had still yet to perform consistently on the water. However, the thought of getting trounced by any of the rival dragon boat teams was enough to light a fire under the MOFOs in the final 7 days before Pickering. The next two practices were more intense than ever. Even if the MOFOs weren't ready to put forth the best technical race, they were going to rise to the occasion on heart.


    And rise to the occasion they did. The first round of the Pickering regatta pitted the MOFOs against familiar competitors in the BOD Squad and the Golden Plate Warriors. The BOD Squad is internationally recognized for their solid Bodies of Desire (B.O.D). The MOFOs have a few good friends on this team so naturally it was important to crush them. The Golden Plate Warriors are another team with close ties to the MOFOs, as this is the team the MOFOs have combined forces with at the Waterloo dragon boat festival to dominate the men's division for two years running. The Golden Plate Warriors were racing this festival with only 8 males and 12 females. Despite this everyone knew they would be tough to beat.

    With all teams approaching the start line the announcer declared "Mister Starter, the race is yours". Much to everyone's surprise, the gun to start the race sounded almost immediately! The MOFOs were ready for action though and unleashed their furious start. Concentrating hard on pulling the most water possible, they were oblivious to the lead they slowly built up over the 500m race. When it was time to kick in the finish, it appeared the MOFOs had close to a full boat length lead on the pack. When the results were tallied it was the MOFOs in first place with a time of:

    2:09.99 - MOFOs
    2:14.13 - Golden Plate Warriors
    2:15.04 - Mayfair Warriors
    2:19.37 - BOD Squad
    2:25.26 - Apex
    2:32.03 - Dempsters Hot Buns

    Only later did anyone realize just where that swift preliminary time placed the MOFOs. In a race where only the top 12 fastest teams proceed to the A-division, the MOFOs managed to be the 12th and final seed! Many familiar teams would be left behind in the B and C divisions along with a few names that had fallen from the upper echelon of paddling.

    A few hours of football, volleyball, and hand-to-hand combat later, the MOFOs were ready to do battle in the A-division. Lining up to race the likes of Sudbury Team Chiropractic, Eat Trout, Hammerheads, Hanalei, and Scotia-Rouge, and spotting the occasional national team member, one thing became abundantly clear - there is a lot less cheering and laughter in the A-division and the mood is a lot more somber. There are serious stakes at hand, and the team's usual handstand competitions near the marshalling area are in fact frowned upon.

    Feeling a bit out of place the MOFOs analyzed their surroundings and made another discovery. People are significantly bigger in the A-division! The MOFOs are accustomed to carrying a large weight advantage over their competitors but that would no longer be the case. Despite having one of the larger engine rooms the MOFOs roster overall was much smaller than the competition. Unfazed, the MOFOs marched on.

    The MOFOs blasted out of the gates for both the A Semi-final and A Consolation races at full throttle, with a faster than normal stroke rate to keep close to the competition for the first halves of the race. The second phase of the race saw the MOFOs slow down a bit, paddling good-naturedly and inspired by the elite A division crowd surging by.

    Nevertheless, the MOFOs were delighted with the day's performance overall. After all, the MOFOs convincingly conquered the usual suspects in the lower divisions and had gotten their first taste of what it takes to compete with the serious dragon boat crowd going forward.

    Congratulations to the all the MOFOs for a terrific placing!



    MOFOs @ Daily Bread Food Bank [ 10/16/04 ]

    A great big thanks to all those who volunteered at the Daily Bread Food Bank over the Thanksgiving weekend! Both veteran and new volunteers in the Mofos and friends group had a good time, and worked hard for the cause.

    Of course, the Mofos know how to work hard and play hard too. In addition to helping to unload delivery trucks and sorting food donations, there were the requisite flex pictures taken, including some with federal NDP party leader Jack Layton flexing as well!



    MOFOs take on the CN Tower for the World Wildlife Fund [ 4/24/04 ]

    On the evening of Thursday April 22 2004, three teams of climbers composed of Mofos and friends conquered the CN Tower; climbing the 1776 steps of the tallest free-standing structure in the world to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.

    The Mofo climbers succesfully raised in excess of $3,000 for charity, and in the process, managed to place 9th and 13th overall (out of close to 150 teams)!! The average time for all the Mofo climbers was an incredible 18:45

    Congratulations on the excellent results climbers! And a big thanks to all our generous sponsors, who helped make this team event a huge success.

    A bit about the WWF...

    Founded in 1967, World Wildlife Fund Canada has become one of the country's leading conservation organizations. The WWF actively contributes to the achievement of the organization's mission to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:

    - conserving the world's biological diversity
    - ensuring that the use of renewable resources is sustainable
    - promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption


    Join the MOFOs in helping the Daily Bread Food Bank [ 4/9/04 ]

    The MOFOs will be heading out to the Daily Bread Food Bank to help them with their Easter food drive and food sorting on Sunday April 11, 2004. If you are interested in coming to help out, feel free to email us for further information.

    Daily Bread is located in Etobicoke, in the west end of the city, just south of the Gardiner Expressway and east of Hwy 427. Here is the address:

    Daily Bread Food Bank
    191 New Toronto St. (Islington Ave. & New Toronto St.)
    Toronto, ON M8V 2E7

    Telephone: (416) 203-0050

    Time: 10am to 4pm
    Date: Sunday April 11

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    About the Daily Bread's mission:

    Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to eliminating hunger in and around Toronto. Daily Bread solicits and distributes food to individuals and families in immediate need of assistance through our network of over 190 food programs.

    Daily Bread also aims to put an end to the root causes of hunger by educating the public, conducting research, and advocating realistic government policies to end poverty and hunger.

    For more information about the Daily Bread Food Bank, check out their website at http://www.dailybread.ca

    Cheers!


    MOFOs featured in Dragon Boat World [ 3/1/04 ]

    The volunteer activities of the MOFOs have long captured the attention of the Toronto dragon boat racing community; with the spotlight on the team's endeavours in the latest international edition of Dragon Boat World, we hope to inspire more teams around the world to come up with creative ways to give back to the community and build team rapport!



    MOFOs help celebrate the holidays @ Yonge Street Mission [ 12/23/03 ]

    On Saturday December 13, several MOFOs attended the Breakfast Club at Yonge Street Mission (YSM). The Breakfast Club is regularly held on Saturday mornings at YSM for young people who live in the lower economic strata of society. This venue provides a hearty breakfast for the kids, along with uplifting activities such as educational computer games, sports in the gym, movies, board games, and more.

    The MOFOs assisted with many of the activities that made a great day for the kids. We made breakfast, helped the kids with eating the food (we're good at that), and cleaning up afterwards. We brought gift certificates from HMV, Shoppers Drug Mart, Famous Players and Cineplex Odeon; then we wrote Christmas cards for the kids, each card containing a gift certificate. Between our work we were able to spend time playing games with the kids and being entertained by them.

    It was especially heartening to see efforts rewarded immediately. One child, disgruntled and sad for much of the day, became elated when he received his movie ticket. He was suddenly in a great mood, skipping around the room singing "we're going to the movies, we're going to the movies". It was eye-opening to see how a simple gift like a movie ticket, which we often take for granted, could provide so much joy to someone.

    If you wish to contribute to the Yonge Street Mission, please visit the YSM website for more information. Your gift to Yonge Street Mission can make a real difference in the lives of men, women, children, seniors and homeless street youth who live in poverty in downtown Toronto.


    MOFOs help Daily Bread Food Bank [ 11/4/03 ]

    Hi everyone,

    The MOFOs are going to help out at the Daily Bread Food Bank again on December 6, to help out with the holiday rush by sorting food. Contact us via email for more information or to sign up.

    DATE: SATURDAY DEC 6
    TIME: 9:30 to 4:30

    We'll also be running our "Drive Food for Food Drive" campaign again. If you'd like to help out the Food Bank but cannot make this day, don't fret! Simply visit our main website starting Nov 17 for more information or to sign up online. During this campaign, we are willing to drive up to their doorstep to pick up their food donations at a time that's convenient for them! Feel free to let your friends, family, or colleagues know about this easy new way to donate!

    Directions to the Daily Bread Food Bank
    191 New Toronto St. (Islington Ave. & New Toronto St.),
    Toronto, ON M8V 2E7

    Daily Bread is located in Etobicoke, in the west end of the city, just south of the Gardiner Expressway and east of Hwy 427.

    From Highway 401:
    Take Hwy 427 south to the QEW/Gardiner. Take the Gardiner east towards Toronto, then take the Islington Ave. exit south. Three lights south of the Gardiner, on Islington, you will come to New Toronto St. Turn east onto New Toronto and Daily Bread is the first building located on the right (south side) of the street.

    From the QEW or the Gardiner Expressway:
    Take the Islington Ave. exit south. Three lights south of the Gardiner, on Islington, you will come to New Toronto St. Turn east onto New Toronto and Daily Bread is the first building located on the right (south) side of the street.

    Travelling by TTC:
    Take the Bloor/Danforth subway to Islington station. Take the 110 bus southbound. The bus will travel over the Gardiner Expressway. Three lights south of the Gardiner is New Toronto St. Walk east on New Toronto. Daily Bread is the first building on the right (south) side of the street.

    See you there!


    MOFOs volunteer @ Daily Bread Food Bank [ 9/14/03 ]

    Feeling sad about the dragonboat season ending? Want a chance to hang out with fellow dragonboaters?

    Here's your chance... With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Daily Bread Food Bank needs volunteers to help them through the seasonal rush. The MOFOs and our friends are delighted that we will be there to help them out. It won't be the most exciting work, we'll just be sorting food from the donors, but it'll be for a great cause and we can hang out to talk about life, love and dragonboat.

    As a bit of background, the Daily Bread Food Bank is dedicated to eliminating hunger in and around Toronto by feeding hungry people. It aims to put an end to the root causes of hunger through various public education programs and research. Serving over 170 food programs, Daily Bread is Canada's second largest food bank. It is a non-profit, charitable organization.

    If you can't make it out that day, there are other ways to help out too! Especially during the holiday rush, they always appreciate donations of food and money.

    We'd like to help them out before Thanksgiving, tentatively on October 5, 2003. If you are interested in participating, email us for further details!


    MOFOs build homes for Habitat for Humanity [ 8/10/03 ]

    We paddle hard, we play hard, we party hard... and we help make a difference in our community. The MOFOs participated in a building blitz for the Habitat for Humanity in August 2003, to help build 14 homes in Scarborough for families in need.

    It was hot, sticky and grueling, but the Mofos and friends came through and made the building blitz at Habitat for Humanity a success! The organizers were highly impressed with how much we accomplished and we all personally came away with a great sense of satisfaction... knowing that we gave it our all, working hard, and doing some good things in the community.

    Thanks to the MOFOs and our friends from the dragon boat community that came out to help with the build. We really put those muscles to good use!

    Congratulations on a job well done!