Capri Everitt Guinness World Record holder
Capri Everitt, 12- year old has made a Guinness World Record by singing 80 national anthems in 80 countries in 41 languages around the world to raise money for orphaned and abandoned children who have been affected by poverty, disease, natural disasters and other unfortunate circumstances.
Q- Tell us about your “We Day” talk on November 18 at Manitoba where you gave a talk inspiring girls to do something in the world?
I was really excited about the talk firstly, as I got to meet with Paula Abdul and Chris Hadfield. In this talk, I spoke about the empowerment of girls and that they are no less than boys. When I can do it anybody can do it. An African girl on my trip told me that I have inspired her and that she plans to change her life after meeting me. Now, she has got the confidence and plans to change the world.
Q- What do you like the most?
I have been singing and playing the piano since I was five years old. I have also studied at O Music Studios with my teachers Anita Leung and Jeannie Lee. I love to sing and work for my mission that includes raising money and awareness for poor children. By singing the national anthems of each country, I think I did the best thing by drawing attention to the needs of children around the world who do not have a voice.
Q- What inspired you to use your voice to raise money? What problem are you trying to solve?
I read a book called The World Needs Your Kid by Craig and Marc Kielburger and Shelley Page which was given to me by Aunt Marcie. This book inspired me to use my talent for singing to help orphan kids. In particular, I was distressed by the stories about orphans living in poverty and being forced to collect garbage to stay alive. So, I talked to my parents Tom and Kerrie Everitt, realtors for Dexter Associates Realty who then helped me in making a plan from where the Around the World in 80 Anthems began its journey.
After that we did lots of research to find a charity that would help those children in need around the world. It was then we thought that we give the funds raised by our tour to SOS Children’s Villages. The Around the World in 80 Anthems campaign kicked off at the Canadian Senate in Ottawa, Canada on November 20, 2015 during a Universal Children’s Day event and culminating in Guatemala City, on 15 August 2016. We made a Guinness World Record.
Q- Why did you choose to sing the national anthem?
I decided to sing national anthems because I realised that some children may not know famous pop songs but they probably know their national anthem. By singing national anthems, I hoped the local children would join me in singing.
Q- What was the biggest challenge you faced on the trip?
I think it was learning the anthems in the different languages, just because most of the languages are so different than what I am used to speaking. The most challenging anthems were probably of China and the Philippines. The Chinese language is very different, and Philippines’ anthem is very long and fast. So we had a really hard time finding someone who could help me learn the song before we reach the country.
Q- How much do you have to practice?
The practice used to go on 24-hours a day. Every single day in car when we used to go for driving I used to practice the national anthems.
Q- Who did the planning for the trip?
It was my mother who made the itinerary for the trip. I thing the planning was done keeping in mind that in the time-frame of nine months we would cover as many countries as was possible while paying special attention to countries with SOS village in them. It was she who got the sponsors on board.
Q- What was it you liked about SOS Children’s Villages International?
The organisation provides a home to thousands of orphaned and abandoned children. I was really impressed by the fact that SOS Children’s builds villages around the world that provide the children with all their basic needs.
Q- What did you enjoy the most in your trip?
I think my favorite part of the trip so far has been actually being able to interact with the local people. When we went to the SOS Village in the Dominican Republic, it was really amazing to see the reception that we got. Also it’s great to see how excited people are when I sing their national anthem. India fascinated me with a vast array of colours, traffic and an overall sensory explosion. In Chennai, most of the women wear traditional clothes, so beautiful saris in every colour of the rainbow could be seen everywhere. Food was awesome.
Q- Do you think language is a barrier in making friends?
No, in most of the countries we did not know the language but we made so many friends anyway by just using our expressions or nodding our heads. Those actions were sufficient to convey our thoughts.
Q- What inspirational advice would you like to give about following your dreams and making a difference?
Never give up no matter what. Life is short, live life to the fullest and try to make a difference. Even small things like donating some of your old clothes can change someone’s life.