Albany Community Hospice has expressed its gratitude towards a Porongurup father and his four sons who raised $21,000 for the organisation by walking the length of the Bibbulmun Track. Brent Offer and his sons Callum, Jacob, Aiden and Michael walked the track in stages over a three-year period to raise funds through sponsorship. When they started their trek in 2020, they had a goal of raising $5000 and by the time they finished it in April this year, they had raised just more than $15,000. On Thursday, they officially handed over a donation of about $21,000 to ACH. “Our goal was $5000 because we didn’t really know how we’d go,” Mr Offer said. “We thought we might get around $10,000, but set our target a bit lower to make sure we reached it. “To get beyond $20,000 was through different periods where some businesses would put in a little bit here or there, then others came along with donations of more than $2000.” ACH deputy chair Tony London said he was really grateful for the donation and made a point of shaking the hands of the Offers. “The community support of the hospice is always fantastic and this is one of the best examples,” he said. “The family has come together, set themselves a good target and they’ve exceeded it. “They didn’t just do it in one year either, so that meant coming back to it again, and again, and again.” He said ACH relied on regular support from the community. “That’s the reality of it because there is a gap between the Government and private funding,” he said. “This is the sort of thing that helps us get a bit of publicity as well because they’ve done it in a different way than just handing over a donation. “It works on different levels because it opens up the imaginations of others who might be looking for a way to support us.” Mr Offer said his sons learned a lot on the journey and always supported one another along the way. “The guys were always working together to help each other out,” he said. “If someone was having a hard day, they would take something out of their bag and work together so that we’d all get there. “We really did walk it as a group rather, it was about getting to the next stop together.” He said there had been a narrow window to do something like this as a family between the time Michael became old enough and before Callum left him to go to university. “We’ve thought of a couple of other adventures we might be able to do in the future as well,” he said.