Sis Patsy helped others without wish for reward

Bongiwe Khumalo

Bongiwe Khumalo

She was my hero, now she's fallen.

Patricia-Anne Steady, a former Sowetan employee and a member of the National Association of People Living with HIV-Aids (Napwa), died last Wednesday after a short illness.

Born 50 years ago on April 19, Steady worked in Sowetan's call centre until she quit recently to concentrate on the Aids hospice she ran.

Strong and loving, Sis Patsy, as she was fondly known by her many friends, was always with her equally amazing friend, Ous Johanna, with whom she worked.

Sis Patsy was the founder member of the Geluksdal support group, which later became a Napwa branch.

She was its first chairman.

Through her hard work and dedication, Steady was employed as Napwa's Gauteng provincial coordinator in 2002.

She was responsible for establishing support groups and launching them into Napwa branches in the province. Sis Patsy also represented the organisation at various HIV and Aids meetings and events.

Steady served in the highest decision-making body called the extended management structure.

It gives overall guidance to the leadership of the organisation and its programmes.

Sis Patsy did some work for the Red Ribbon Resource Centre, which is based at our offices, and also worked at Khomanani.

Then she went to work for Vital Junction.

She also started working for Thabo Mbeki Hospice based in Ekurhuleni.

Steady is survived by her three children, her mother, siblings and two grandchildren.

She will be buried tomorrow at Geluksdal Cemetery.

The service at the St Augustine's Anglican Church in Geluksdal starts at 9am.