Right off the heals of the 12-year-old ‘Next Taylor Swift,’ we find out about yet another talented young girl who is taking on the world in her pre-teens. Capri Everitt is 11-years-old, and just sang her 80th national anthem at the Blue Jays versus Minnesota Twins game on Friday.
The Everitt family started the Around the World in 80 Anthems fundraising initiative nine months ago to benefit underprivileged children. The family just completed their tour of 80 countries where Capri sang each nation’s national anthem in their native language (that’s a total of 41) and all the proceeds from the tour go to SOS Children’s Villages.
Capri started playing the piano and singing at age five and decided she wanted to use her gift to help underprivileged children when she read The World Needs Your Kid by Craig and Mark Kielburger. Well, obviously the world needed this kid. Capri says that using her voice to sing around the world is her way of giving a voice to all the kids who can’t express theirs. Yes, these are the kind of kids we want running the world in a decade or two.
SOS Children’s Villages builds communities and homes for orphaned and abandoned children, actually creating a village with houses and ‘mothers’ who look after groups of children. Capri and her family often stay in these villages when they visit on their anthem tour to see the good work their fundraising is doing.
So what’s next after you’ve memorized 80 anthems, performed all over the world and broken a world record doing it? Looks like back to school time. Capri and her family have definitely enjoyed their time on the road, but they’re ready for a little bit of normal. The family is returning to Vancouver where Capri and her brother will head back to school with everybody else. We’re thinking that if Capri can memorize 80 anthems in 41 different languages, Grade six should be a breeze.