By Catherine Cheng, Amazing Kid of the Month Editor
Capri Everitt is journeying to eighty countries to raise money for orphaned children around the world. At each of her destinations, Capri will sing the country’s national anthem in its national language in hopes of inspiring with her voice. Read on to find out more about her goals and mission.
AK: When did you start singing and playing piano? What do you enjoy most about the activity?
CE: I started singing and playing the piano at the age of 5, so I don’t remember much, but I do remember my first performance: I was still 5 and I sung ‘Castle on a Cloud’ at Vancouver Community College. After that I always wanted to be onstage. I also loved the buzz and excitement of being backstage.
I love singing so much. It is the one thing that I will always love no matter what. I never want to stop doing it.
Piano is also something I love doing. I especially love accompanying myself when I sing. I practice about an hour of piano a day.
AK: Have you had other performances before? If so, tell us about them.
CE: Just last summer, I landed myself the role of Young Fiona in ‘Shrek the Musical’ at ‘Theater Under the Stars’ here in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. I have also competed in many contests, most recently the international music competition ‘American Protégé’ where I won second place and I will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York in December as the prize.
AK: What inspired you to use your voice to raise money? What problem are you trying to solve?
CE: I read a book called The World Needs Your Kid by Craig and Marc Kielburger and Shelley Page and it inspired me to use the talent that I have, singing, to help kids that don’t have anything or anyone in the world to take care of them. I am trying to solve the problem of orphaned and abandoned children because there are so many of them around the world that do not have a home or parents.
AK: Could you tell us a bit more about SOS Children’s Villages International – the charity you will be working with? What made you choose this particular charity?
CE: SOS Children’s Villages is an organization that makes villages for orphaned and abandoned children. Some poor kids that have parents have someone to take care of them, while orphans do not have anything.
I liked the fact that SOS Children’s Villages helps by building villages around the world that have everything that a kid needs: food, water, someone to take care of them and a safe roof over their heads.
AK: What will you be doing on your journey? How did you choose the countries you will be traveling to and decide to sing their national anthem?
CE: I decided to sing national anthems because I realized that some children may not know famous pop songs but they probably know their national anthem. By singing national anthems I hope the local children will join me in singing.
I do not really know much about the route. That is my mom’s job (figuring out which countries that we can go to). One thing I do know is that it is not really the matter of choosing the countries; it is more a matter of whether we get there within our 9 month timeline.
AK: What do you think will be the hardest part of this trip and why?
CE: For me, I would have to say learning the anthems in the different languages, just because most of the languages are so different than what I am used to speaking. All of my family’s jobs for this trip are equally hard in their own way. For example, my brother’s job of writing and recording all of the blogs will be difficult. But I think that trying to make our trains and planes on time comes a close second!
AK: What things do you hope to accomplish on this mission? Do you have any goals?
CE: My goal on this trip is to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages, but it is about more than just the money. I hope that what my family and I are doing will inspire other kids to use what they love doing to make a difference.
AK: Were there any people who helped you on your journey? If so, who were they and how did they encourage you?
CE: I would like to thank everyone that has helped me learn some very hard anthems (like the Philippines national anthem). They have helped me a lot because all of these languages are very different than what I am used to. Without someone to help me learn the German national anthem, for instance, I never would have known that we are not supposed to sing the first two stanzas (because Hitler sang them, they are banned) and I would have been in big trouble!
AK: Your brother Bowen has started a blog following your project. Please tell us a little more about his blog and what inspired him to start it.
CE: Well, since we are doing this trip, he thought he would give his friends and other people a chance to follow us and see what it is like in other places around the world. He is letting other people know what we are doing and helping to spread the message throughout the whole world.
Bowen will be interviewing children in all of the countries that we visit. He has two different kinds of blogs that he makes: video and written.
When he shoots his video blogs he uses his laptop or our dad’s iPad to record and upload to YouTube. When he writes his blogs he types them out and then posts them on his website. He does all of this himself. It’s cool.
AK: You’ll be speaking at “We Day” in Vancouver in October. What do you plan to talk about? Are you excited about the event? If so, why?
CE: I am going to talk about what my family and I are doing, how we thought of this, how I plan to make a difference, about what a national anthem means to a country and about the different national anthems that can be found around the world.
I am very excited to be speaking at “We Day” because it is an amazing opportunity for me and a chance to tell 20,000 kids about my family’s journey.
AK: What advice would you give to our readers about following their dreams and making a difference?
CE: 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.
AK: Is there anything else you would like to add?
CE: I am SUPER excited for this project and so happy to be featured in this magazine. Thanks to you and everybody that has helped me in learning the anthems. I really appreciate it.