The manager of a care agency is going to trek to Everest Base Camp to raise money for social enterprise Acorn.
On Tuesdays Mo Jevtic supports Jake (pictured together), a young man who has a disability, working in the plant nursery and then having lunch in the café.
Mo 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.
“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.
“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. 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.”
Mo, who is the owner of Nightingales care agency, was born in Serbia and has been in Jersey since 2008. He will be accompanied by his wife, Irena. They fly to Kathmandu on 27 October.
All money raised will go directly to support the work of Acorn in providing work and training opportunities to people who have a disability or long-term health condition.