Allen Lockington Column: Frank Hilton

A True Saint

What a life of service and dedication Mr. Frank Hilton has given to the people of Fiji. 

We speak and write about unsung heroes. To me, Mr. Hilton is right up there amongst them. 

Thank you Mr. Hilton for your life-long dedication to others. 

I have relatives who have come through Hilton Special School and we thank you so much for all you have done for them and for us.

If I may be permitted to say it, I think you are truly a saint. Such commitment can only come from a heart that is good and a mind that is focused  

Happy 92nd birthday, Mr. Hilton.  I know Fiji and the world celebrates with you.


Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that. 

Special day for Hilton

Nasik Swami in the Fiji Times
Saturday, October 13, 2012
FRANK Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Special School in Suva, turned 92 yesterday.
The man with a big heart has spent most of his life fighting for the needs of children and people living with disabilities. And he shows no signs of slowing down.
Mr Hilton's birthday celebration was attended by teachers, school children and parents. He came to Fiji in 1967 and contributed immensely to the development of special education in the country.
Mr Hilton's life's work has been commemorated through his various contributions to this special group in our society, and received international and local recognition over the years. He said his journey in the past 92 years had been a most rewarding experience.
"Children with disabilities need special care and should be accepted in the community because they can contribute in many ways," Mr Hilton said.
He drew attention and awareness to the plight of people living with disabilities and created an environment which now enables those living with disabilities to receive better education and general wellbeing.
The Fiji Times has also been associated with Mr Hilton and the Hilton Special School for many years.
Publisher Hank Arts thanked Mr Hilton for his work and gave $1000 to the Hilton Special School.
Mr Hilton was also the founding committee member of The Fiji Sixes, a charity game that was run by The Fiji Times.
The Fiji Sixes established on July 4, 1977 is famous for helping the needy and provided assistance for medical, cancer and prosthetic limbs for amputees, to name a few.

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