Northern suburbs pair to conquer Kilimanjaro for cancer research


Kilimanjaro climbers Kyle Nolan, Hasib Sarvari, Stuart Pestana, Slagjana Jovanov, Zak Jovanov, Kristina Antonova and Martin Quinlan.
Kilimanjaro climbers Kyle Nolan, Hasib Sarvari, Stuart Pestana, Slagjana Jovanov, Zak Jovanov, Kristina Antonova and Martin Quinlan.

ZAK and Slagjana Jovanov and a group of northern suburbs adventurers will climb Mt Kilimanjaro this month to raise funds for childhood brain cancer research.

Mr Jovanov, who owns Premier Martial Arts in Clarkson, is leading the group up the dormant volcano in Tanzania from September 23-30.

The Hamersley couple have been raising funds for The Adventurers, also known as The Pirate Ship Foundation, since their then two-year-old daughter Mila went through treatment for a brain tumour in 2009.

“She is 10 and all good and clear,” Mr Jovanov said.

“Since than we joined with The Adventurers and our academy and its members have helped rise over $150,000 in the past seven years.

“We have done many different fundraising events and adventurers such as Montblanc in France, Base Camp Everest and this Friday we leave for Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro.

“All of these adventures that we take on are with one goal in mind – raising enough money and awareness to allow for enough research so no other children or parents have to go through or experience what myself and hundreds of others have had to go through.

The team also includes Clarkson residents Hasib Sarvari, Stuart Pestana and Kristina Antonova, plus Kyle Nolan of Woodvale, and Martin Quinlan of Ocean Reef.

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