“Philanthropic giving is very important, especially for young people studying - to assist them with their learning and to tie to their learning a commitment to help other students in the future.” Edgar Droste was awarded the 2007 Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy
Mr Edgar Droste, who passed away on 1 September 2011, exemplified a lifetime of giving. Quietly unassuming, and dedicated to supporting South African skills development through education bursary funds, Mr Droste also cultivated plants for the annual fete of the Gerald Fitzpatrick House and Nursing Home. The social issues that Mr Droste has supported include education (pre-school, schools, bursaries, universities); aged care; family welfare; Christian religious ministries; health; and disability.
The range of bursary organizations supported by Mr Droste included the Studie Trust Bursary Fund, a national bursary organization founded in 1974; TECSAT, the Western Cape bursary fund for FET college students; and the African Scholars Fund.
Support in other areas was given to LOVE IN ACTION, a shelter for boy street kids in Mabopane; the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at UCT for its capital campaign; and operational funding support for the Gerald Fitzpatrick House and Nursing Home with operational and sponsorship funding.