Singing for charity: Capri Everitt sings the Vietnamese national anthem with children of the SOS Children’s Village in Đà Nẵng yesterday. Photo tuoitre.vn
ĐÀ NẴNG – The youngest Youth Ambassador of SOS Children’s Village, 11-year old Capri Everitt from Vancouver, Canada, raised her pure, innocent voice to sing the Vietnamese national anthem at SOS Children’s Village in Đà Nẵng yesterday.
Capri loves to help children less fortunate than herself. She is touring of 80 countries to sing 80 national anthems in 41 different languages to raise US$1 million for SOS Children’s Village – a charity which provides homes worldwide for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or affected by war and poverty.
In a short clip featured on the website aroundtheworldin80anthems.com, the angel-hearted girl said she decided to act when she discovered that 18 million orphaned children face death, due to disease and malnutrition.
"I wanted to use my voice to help children get clean water and food," she said.
The idea of traveling to 80 countries was inspired by the classic novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.
“But this is not just about visiting countries. This is about bringing children together through the common language of music,” her website aroundtheworldin80anthems.com explains.
Why does Capri sing national anthems everywhere she goes?
Many children may not know famous pop songs, but they know their own national anthem. So Capri sings local national anthems with children in their own language, and children everywhere sing with her. She hopes that her work will inspire children of the world to use their talents to help make a better world for people everywhere.
In Việt Nam, her nine-year-old brother Bowen Everitt and children of the SOS Children’s Village in Đà Nẵng accompanied her in singing the Vietnamese national anthem..
Tonight, she will participate in a cultural exchange programme with children from SOS Đà Nẵng Village and 100 university students at Châu Á Park from 6pm to 8pm.
A similar programme will be held tomorrow at Biển Đông Park.
On November 20, 2015, Capri began her incredible journey at UNICEF’s Universal Children’s Day celebrations in Ottawa, together with her mom, dad, and younger brother. Then she travelled through countries in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, Oceania, and Eastern Asia. In each country, she invites as many local children as possible to join her.
Việt Nam is her 30th country. After leaving this country on March 20, Capri will continue her mission in other Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia, before heading to the Southern Asia region to sing in Sri Lanka and India.
Her journey will also extend to South Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. She is scheduled to complete her 80-country global mission in mid-August.
To learn more about Capri’s journey, or to make a donation, visit her website at http://aroundtheworldin80anthems.com. – VNS