Eleven-year-old Capri Everitt’s mission to raise $1 million for abandoned, destitute and orphaned children will bring her to Grand Cayman on Friday, where she will sing Cayman’s national song as part of a nine-month journey around the world.
Capri and her family began their journey, named “Around the world in 80 anthems,” with the singing of “O Canada” at the Ottawa Parliament Buildings in her home country on Nov. 20. The Cayman Islands will be their sixth stop on a journey that will take them to 80 countries, ending in the United States on Aug. 20, 2016.
During each stop, Capri will sing that country’s national anthem, in the national language, usually accompanied by other children of the host country. For her performance of Cayman’s national song, “Beloved Isle Cayman,” which will take place at Cayman International School, she will be accompanied by students from Grades 3 through 5 from the school. A performance for elementary students will take place at 11 a.m., and at 11:30 p.m., the secondary school-aged students will hear her sing. The public may attend, but space is limited.
A resident of Vancouver, Capri is a student of O Music Studios and Arts Umbrella in that city. She has been singing, playing piano and dancing since the age of 5, when she first sang “Castle on a Cloud” at a Vancouver Community College musical review.
The theme “Around the world in 80 anthems” is a twist on the Jules Verne novel “Around the World in 80 Days.” A website set up to chronicle the journey says that the effort isn’t just about visiting different countries.
“This is about bringing children together through the common language of music,” it states. “Capri thought that many children might not know famous pop songs, but that they would know their national anthem and therefore she could sing it with them in their national language. She is hoping that her actions will inspire children around the world to use their talents to help make a better world for people everywhere.”
The ultimate goal of the journey is to raise money for SOS Children’s Villages, an independent, nongovernmental international organization established in 1949. The organization’s work focuses on abandoned, destitute and orphaned children who are living without their biological parents as a result of domestic violence or neglect, disease, war, natural catastrophes or other reasons.
For more information or to support Capri and her family’s mission through donations, see www.aroundtheworldin80anthems.com.