A carer, who was once beaten by altitude sickness as he aimed to scale a mega-mountain, is putting his trekking boots back on in a bid to complete Everest, raise money for charity, and give one of his clients an unforgettable experience.
Mo Jevtic, the owner of Nightingales care agency, will be trekking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for Acorn to support their work providing work and training opportunities to people who have a disability or long-term health condition.
Mr Jetvic, who moved to Jersey from Serbia in 2008, spends his Tuesdays at Acorn supporting Jake, young man with a disability, working in the plant nursery and then having lunch in the café. Jake is a keen inspiration for Mr Jetvic’s new challenge.
He said: "In my line of work as a domiciliary care provider, much of our work is with elderly clients. To work with young people with disabilities is very different. I know that with the right effort and support, they can improve and they have their whole life in front of them."
He added: "I am passionate about the support that Acorn provides, particularly to young people. Tuesdays with Jake are the highlight of my week. I’m a bit of a joker and we always have a laugh.”
Pictured: Mo Jetvic and Jake.
Of the challenge itself, he said: "Trekking to Everest Base Camp will be a challenge. I have climbed to a similar height before but was struck by altitude sickness. It knocked my confidence. I thought I was unbeatable. After covid and after what we have all gone through, I am thinking you only live once, and you have to use the opportunities in your life and do something meaningful. I want to give something back to the community. What I’m doing is a one-off. What young people who have a disability go through is every day of their life. They have to overcome obstacles, they have to fight and mustn’t give up."
If he can complete the journey, his aim is to share the unforgettable moment with Jake.
He added: "At the highest point that I can get an internet connection, I will try to get Jake on a Zoom call and share some of the atmosphere and experience."
Mr Jetvic will be accompanied by his wife, Irena. He heads to Kathmandu on 27 October.
His current fundraising goal is £1,000, and he is £200 towards the total goal already.
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