Ride4Life are excited to introduce the establishment of a new group in Geraldton WA. This is yet another stepping stone in spreading the word about mental health issues and suicide prevention.
Welcome to Marc “Chooka” Pollett – Our Ride4Life Inc Coordinator for Geraldton W.A.
Today is a very exciting day as we welcome a new face to our Ride4Life Inc Team as our new Coordinator based in Geraldton W.A.
You can learn a bit more about “Chooka” in this getting to know you article.
Tell us a bit about Your Story
Hi all and thank you. I’m known mostly as Chooka amongst my riding family. I'm 57 and
married to my high school sweetheart, my rock, Margaret in 1983, 3 children, 1 granddaughter and 5 grandsons.
Where do you live?
I live in an outer horse suburb of Geraldton called Woorree, peace and quiet 👍
How did you come to live there?
My mother's family "fleeted" to Geraldton in the early 1800s. I was born in NSW but I've been in and around Geraldton since 1978 when mum and dad both retired from the Navy.
Why is Mental Health Awareness so important to you?
Mental health awareness is important to me because I was suffering from depression and anxiety and never knew about the awareness offered and now I want to spread the word on Mental Health Awareness.
What sort of bike do you ride?
I mostly ride my 2005 Harley Davidson Road King but also a 1996 Goldwing trike and sometimes the 1982 t140e Bonnie.
What’s your Favourite Bike you’ve ridden?
My first was the RD250 😳 but now at 57 my Harley Road King classic.
Why did you join Ride4Life?
So I can hopefully be there for others that reach out for help. I'm passionate about mental health awareness and I’m keen to spread the word in our community and the whole of the Midwest.
What plans do you have for your Ride4Life Journey?
Organise rides out and beyond Geraldton so we can visit towns and communities to share our knowledge of suicide and prevention with Ride4life in our backyard. Also events to raise money for needed mental health charities in our area and beyond.
What’s the best part of being involved in Mental Health Awareness?
The best part of being involved is getting the Awareness out to the ones who need it and meeting people along the way.
What’s the one message you love to share with others?
Don’t sit alone and ponder over what you hear, reach out, as help is closer than you think.