Cheers for Hilton

Daughter-in-Law Senileba (left) with husband Paul Hilton helps father Frank Hilton to cut 98th birthday cake during the celebration at Home of Compassion yesterday. Picture: RAMA

I WANT a shandy and a few friends, said Frank Hilton, the founder of Hilton Special School as he celebrated his 98th birthday at the Chanel Home of Compassion in Suva yesterday.

“I’m just so happy and grateful for all the help. I’m a very happy and a lucky man,” he said.

His son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Senileba Hilton said they couldn’t have been more proud of their father who played an important role in shaping the lives of many disabled and disadvantaged children in Fiji.

“I asked him if he could make it to 100 and he said ‘I’ll try’,” said Paul.

“It’s a blessing that he’s lived so long and had such an impact in the lives of many children in Fiji.”

Mr Hilton came to Fiji in 1967 and helped draw attention to the plight of people living with disabilities including access to better education and wellbeing.

His work resulted in the formation of the Hilton Organisation, which manages the Hilton Special School, the Hilton Early Intervention Centre and the Hilton House Hostel.

He was also president of the Fiji Crippled Children Society.

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