You never really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Especially when it comes to toilet paper.

It’s a fact of life. We all do number two, but a local business woman is making it her number one priority for charity.

For every roll of toilet paper sold, Mackay Office Cleaning donates five cents to Bowel Cancer Australia. Director Mary-Jane Overall initiated this cause in 2017 and the business has made a monthly contribution to this life-saving cause ever since.

“Bowel Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it effects men and women, young and old. It’s a devastating fact that Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, with a staggering 1 in 13 people developing the disease in their lifetime. It hits close to home when you realise this could be a friend or family member,” she said.

In fact, bowel cancer is Australia’s second-deadliest cancer, yet many of us wouldn’t know what signs or symptoms to look for.

“The risk of developing bowel cancer rises sharply and progressively from age 50, but the number of Australians under 50 diagnosed with bowel cancer has been increasingly steadily. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of bowel cancer and have them investigated if they persist for more than two weeks.  Almost 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully when detected early, which is why we continue to support this cause in the hope more lives can be saved,” Mary-Jane said.

When they launched their support of this cause, Mackay Office Cleaning fully wrapped a car on Wood Street in toilet paper to spark community interest. It worked, the mystery car was the talk of the town which successfully raised awareness for Bowel Cancer Australia. The business followed this up with a toilet paper tower building competition at the Wine and Food Day, with the winner receiving a carton of loo paper as well as a free house clean.

Born in Mackay, Mary-Jane has a Maltese heritage, with a large extended family living within the region. She adores the local lifestyle and appreciates the time she can spend with family, experiencing culture from her parents and grandparents which she says helps to keep her grounded.

She completed a Bachelor of Multimedia Studies in 2003 and put her graphic design and video editing skills to work with WIN Television. After five years in production, her life took on a different path when she purchased Mackay Office Cleaning, a family-owned business which has been keeping Mackay clean since 1997.

Mary-Jane said, “We have a strong sense of care to make things as easy as possible for our customers. We take care of the dirty work so you can take a seat and put your feet up.

“Don’t let the name fool you, we clean much more than just commercial offices. We have a large team dedicated to both commercial and residential properties. We work both business hours and after hours to suit our customer’s needs and can supply a professional cleaner on a regular basis, or for occasional or one-time services such as a spring clean, vacate clean or cleaning after a big event.”

Mackay Office Cleaning also stock its own range of washroom and paper products; including toilet paper, hand towel, hand and shower soaps, urinal mats, sanitary units, air fresheners and dispensers to suit all needs.

“Our customers love this service as they don’t need to spend time ordering or running to the shop when they run out, we monitor their stock levels internally and replenish as needed. Our full range can be found on our website,” Mary-Jane said.

Her business is her passion, so Mary-Jane ensures she keeps her role varied and fun. She oversees all aspects of the company with a particular focus on accounts, human resources and promotional obligations. Although she enjoys the admin side of her profession, she’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and slip on some gloves to help on-site when required.

She said, “Mackay Office Cleaning is an amazing team; we all work close together to make sure our customers receive the appropriate attention to fulfil all expectations.”

As a woman in business, Mary-Jane feels empowered to know that if she strives for balance, she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. She is raising two children, aged 10 and 6, so life is hectic, however she makes time to nourish body and mind with weight-training at least five times per week.

“I love to motivate people on their own health and fitness journeys, as I know when you feel great from the inside it always shows on the outside. All a human needs to do is believe in themselves and they can achieve their own goals, whatever that may be. It’s all about your own happiness and the meaning you put toward your own goals in life,” she said.

The next time you wipe, think about what you can do to #helpwipeoutbowelcancer and get behind Mackay Office Cleaning in supporting the number one cause that comes from your number two.