Capri Everitt, age 10, loved to sing and wanted to do something with her voice; something FAR more inspiring than just entering talent competitions and auditioning for musicals. Heavily influenced by stories like Malala Yousafzai & the Kakuma Girls, Capri read a book written by the incredible Marc & Craig Kielburger (We.org) called “The World Needs Your Kid” and decided that maybe, just maybe, she could help; perhaps she COULD help children living in poverty in other countries; children that did not have the same opportunities as she did. Her parents came up with an idea that would change their lives and give Capri the chance to use her love of singing for something amazing: they would travel around the world to 80 countries where Capri would sing each country’s national anthem in the national language (41 different languages in total) to raise money and awareness for orphaned and abandoned children, specifically through a charity called “SOS Children’s Villages International”.
In a riveting, heart-thumping and culturally-rich musical journey narrated by Daymond John, the founding member and philanthropist from the Emmy award-winning Shark Tank, this documentary follows Capri and the Everitts through 80 countries in a nine month, lightening-paced and often very grueling journey, melodiously weaving both people and cultures together from around the globe using their respective national anthems. The movie shows how Capri so closely connects to other children around the world through the power of culturally-based anthems regardless of any and all language barriers. Viewers are also shown how the entire Everitt family was forever changed by the people they met, the experiences they had and most of all, the incredible children they interacted with.
For more information about the journey, go to www.80anthems.com.
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Capri Everitt, age 10, loved to sing and wanted to do something with her voice; something other than just entering talent competitions and auditioning for musicals. Heavily inspired by Malala Yousafzai Capri read a book called “The World Needs Your Kid” and decided that perhaps she could help; help children living in poverty in other countries; children that did not have the same opportunities as she did. Her parents came up with an idea that would change their lives and give Capri the chance to use her talent for something good: they would travel around the world to 80 countries where Capri would sing each country’s national anthem in the national language. Their son Bowen would have the important job of blogging to keep their supporters updated. The purpose of the journey would be to raise money and awareness for orphaned and abandoned children, specifically through a charity called “SOS Children’s Villages”.
In a riveting, heart-thumping and culturally-rich musical journey narrated by Daymond John, the founding member and philanthropist from the Emmy award-winning Shark Tank, this documentary follows Capri and the Everitts through 9 months, 80 countries, 54 Flights, 25 Train trips, 42 hostels, 40 SOS Children’s Villages, 75 Taxis, 68 Subways, 54 Different Currencies, 21 Ferries, 15 Tuk Tuks, 12 Buses, 10 Trams, 6 Jeepnees and miles upon miles of walking. Filming through difficult times and euphoric moments, the Everitt’s journey travels from a Romanian emergency room to the Marseilles Opera House; from the Guinness Worlds Records offices to the Facebook-fairy tale story of the 80th anthem at the Washington Nationals baseball game in Washington DC. Finally her outrageously successful Facebook campaign that led to her homecoming finale at a Toronto Blue Jays game, viewers of all ages, cultures and backgrounds will be entranced by this story.
But most of all, this movie shows how Capri connected through the power of cultural exchange and music and how the entire family was forever changed by the people they met, the experiences they had and most of all, the children they met at these villages around the world. This is a story of how the Everitts learned to appreciate the differences that make up our world. To see the beauty in those differences. To embrace them, and to deal with them using the simplest of concepts that even a child can understand...respect. This film is dedicated to every single one of the amazing children they met around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How did you come up with the idea?
Capri knew that she wanted to do something with her voice, something that would help children around the world who did not have access to the same opportunities that she did. Tom had always loved national anthems and Kerrie had a thought one night after seeing a copy of “Around the World in 80 Days” - what if they travelled to 80 countries and Capri sang each national anthem in the national language with the local children? Once “Around the World in 80 Anthems” was born, the Everitts knew that they just had to do it; no matter how crazy or impossible it sounded, they knew they had to find a way.
- Who paid for this whole venture?
The Everitts paid for the entire journey and absolutely no donations were used for any expenses whatsoever. They had several sponsors, such as Flight Centre, Eurail, Dexter Associates Realty and others that helped with the costs. They were fortunate to be invited to stay at around 42 of the SOS Children’s Villages around the world, where Capri would sing with the children. In the other 38 countries, they arranged their own accommodation and tried to keep costs as low as possible. This was by no means a holiday, but rather, a mission. A mission that often proved unbearable and virtually impossible to complete.
- How did Capri learn all 80 national anthems in their native languages?
Capri worked extremely hard for about 1 calendar year prior to embarking on the journey, constantly listening to and practicing anthems everywhere she went and at every spare moment. She had an “anthem binder” where she had translations of each anthem into English and where she would mark the correct pronunciation of each anthem as she found people to help her. Since people from all over the world live in Vancouver, Capri was able to find natives of many of the countries to help her learn the anthems. When she couldn’t find someone from the country, her mother called international embassies in Vancouver to ask for their help. They were honoured to be asked about their nation’s anthem and happy to help Capri learn the correct pronunciations. It was extremely important that Capri not only do her best, so as not to offend anyone in the 80 countries, but also that she truly understand the words that she was singing, since this was always the first question the press asked her when she was done.
- Didn’t you get tired travelling so fast for 9 months straight?
Well...yes it was definitely tough at times, especially after Kerrie tore her MCL on a Romanian waterslide with 22 countries left to go (Kerrie actually did over ¼ of the entire journey on crutches). The fast pace at which the family was traveling guaranteed that they were never bored and always looking forward to the next place and the next event. They met so many incredible people and were welcomed so warmly into so many homes, especially at the SOS Children’s Villages that they stayed in.
- How much money did you raise for SOS Children’s Villages?
The Everitts had two goals for this journey: the first was raising awareness for SOS Children's Villages and the second was to raise funds. As the global media tab on www.80Anthems.com shows, the family increased the awareness of this charity dramatically all around the globe. The cost of this media coverage was substantial and difficult to quantify, but its effects were far-reaching. In terms of actual funds raised, donations went directly to all of the different SOS Children’s Villages throughout the world and also through our website where it was directed to both SOS Children’s Villages Canada as well as SOS Children’s Villages USA.
It is very important for people to know that the Everitts did not use ANY funds whatsoever for their travel expenses. ABSOLUTELY all funds raised went to the various SOS Children's Villages around the world where they visited. The fundraising is continuing, with a portion of the proceeds of the documentaries going to the charity as well.
- What was your favourite country?
This is a very difficult question for the Everitts to answer as they really had so many incredible experiences in so many of the different countries. One of their favourite regions was South East Asia, in particular the Philippines and Indonesia. They felt that those countries were so very different from Canada that they were just in awe of everything that they saw and experienced.
Another favourite was definitely India because of the rich cultural flavours and sites of Chennai, where they visited, as well as the extreme reverence that the country has for their national anthem. They take it very seriously and it is very important to them, so they were thrilled and surprised when Capri would belt it out.
- Which country had the most different food?
The family made a real effort to try many of the different foods native to each country so that they could more fully experience the culture and way of the people there. The place where they found the food to be the most different was China. At the SOS Children’s Village in Fuzhou, China, they were served several absolutely wonderful meals that were carefully prepared by the workers there, however, there were definitely some very exotic and undecipherable dishes that the family had never seen before. Take the giant conch shells for example. Tom initially thought they were a table decoration, but it turned out that the substantial, slimy and meaty insides of the shell were meant to be eaten….but that was nothing compared to the raw frog served belly up with a side of garlic that they were served in Taipei….but that is another story altogether!
- What was the hardest anthem for Capri to learn?
Capri definitely found the Chinese anthem to be the hardest to learn, given that Mandarin is so very different from English and the pronunciation is very hard to hear and copy for a non-native speaker. A boy from her music school had just moved to Vancouver from China and so he and his mother kindly spent hours and hours working with Capri on the anthem. It took her 2 weeks to learn the first 10 seconds properly and she had to practice for months until she had it even close to correct. She is still working on it now :).
Capri also found that the Polish and Estonian anthems were difficult to learn. The Polish one because of the difficult language and the Estonian anthem because it was so long and she could not find anyone from Estonia living in Vancouver to help her. In addition, the Estonian anthem has the same melody as the Finnish anthem, but with different words and in a different language, so it can be very confusing for someone who does not speak either Finnish or Estonian!