During the 2020-21 season, the world COVID-19 pandemic suspended dragon boating, and many of Knot A Breast’s fund-raising activities. We are very grateful to KAB team member and amateur artist, Norma Moores, who turned to art as an alternative activity and then turned her artwork into an opportunity to raise funds for our team. 

Norma created the original watercolour painting “Knot A Breast: Finish!” based on a race at the Canadian National Dragon Boat Championships in Regina SK in 2019. It captures the front of two dragon boats as they near the end of the race. It depicts the surge of the boats as the drummer and coach, Kathy Levy, calls for power from the 20 paddlers to finish the race. The drummer has the best view of the team’s position in the race; while all other paddlers ‘focus in the boat’. Norma claims that she chose this composition because she did not want to paint 44 arms!

Print of “Knot A Breast: Finish!”

The painting was printed at Centre3 (https://centre3.com/) in their fine art digital studio in Hamilton on Espon 100% cotton cold press paper. The prints were matted and framed at Corby Custom Framing (https://www.corbyframing.ca/) in Carlisle. 

Twenty-eight prints were sold to Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor, Lively Dragon, Welland Warlocks, and Sisters in Sync dragon boat team members along with some to family and friends. $833.54 was donated to Knot A Breast through this fund-raiser including $140 from Milka Vujnovic without a purchase.

KAB member Milka Vujnovic and Don Corby picking up the prints after framing from Corby Custom Framing

The artist, Norma Moores, has been dragon boating since 2011 and joined KAB in 2018. She participated in the 2019 Canadian National Dragon Boat Championships, Regina SK, where Knot A Breast won gold in the Breast Cancer Survivor Category. Norma started watercolour painting in her teens in Nova Scotia, then took courses at the Dundas Valley School of Art before developing a career in engineering and raising a family. In 2020 she returned to painting, and thoroughly enjoys learning from each unique painting she creates.

Norma would like to acknowledge the support of the following individuals:

  • Jo-Anne Rogerson for appreciating the artwork and encouraging Norma to make her first ever artists prints.
  • Milka Vujnovic for moving ahead with the framing part of the fundraiser, delivery, pick-up, sorting and distribution.
  • Alex at Centre3 who ensured that the artist prints were top quality.
  • Don at Corby Custom Framing who was pleasant, efficient and generous in framing the prints.
  • Don Wood for taking the original picture that captured this moment.

And to those who bought a print, thank-you for supporting Knot A Breast. We hope you feel the power of “Team” every time you look at it!

KAB members Rebecca Walker (left) and Carrie Brooks-Joiner (right) receiving their prints with artist, Norma Moores (middle)

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make our fundraiser a success!

The Knot A Breast Dragon Boat Team is partnering with the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs for our annual hockey fund-raiser on Friday, February 7, 2020; game starts at 7 PM. The Bulldogs play against the Ottawa 67s at The Dog Pound (nickname for FirstOntario Centre).

And it’s Country Night at The Dog Pound featuring a live acoustic intermission performance, a Bulldogs plaid trucker hat giveaway while supplies last, $4 Beers from 6 pm to 7 pm, Cowboy hats, and country-themed activities throughout the evening.

There are three ways to support Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team (KAB):

  1. Buy a ticket and enjoy the game! 
  2. Buy a ticket and donate it back so we can send Hamilton families to the game. 
  3. Go to the game and buy a bag of numbered pucks to play the “Chuck A Puck” game during the intermission. If your puck is closest to centre ice, you will win some great prizes!

Tickets for the game are $20 and available from any KAB members, or request tickets by contacting us (https://knotabreast.com/contact/). Chuck A Puck will be sold by KAB members at the game for $10 a bag.

Who let the dogs out! See you there!!