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South Africa – The 41st country on the journey “Around the World in 80 Anthems”

We had the pleasure of hosting Canadian born singer Capri Everitt and her family from 14 – 19 April 2016. South Africa being the only African country on their journey, we were thrilled to share its beauty and heritage with the Everitt family.

They landed in South Africa on Wednesday, 13 April and on 14 April the family set up their temporary residence at the Ennerdale Village in Johannesburg where they were received with open arms by the Programme Director, stuff members and the children. The family stayed at one of the village houses and had the chance to interact with the mothers and children living at the village.

Around the World in 80 Anthems was created to raise awareness and encourage donations for the children of SOS Children’s Villages.

On Friday, 15 April 2016 Capri made an appearance at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where she sang the South African National Anthem in front of the Nelson Mandela statue. Her audience included grade 8 and 9 students of Rantailane Secondary School in Ga-Rankuwa who also had the opportunity to sing the national anthem with her. Capri explained her feelings about singing in front of the Nelson Mandela statue as a “once in a life time experience she I would never forget.”

We are pleased at the wonderful reaction we received from media across the board, the Around the World in 80 Anthems story was featured in numerous newspapers around the country and also on an episode of SABC’s Afternoon Express which will air on 27 April, which is also Freedom Day in South Africa.

SOS Children’s Villages South Africa would like to thank the Everitt family for visiting our shores and spreading our good name across the world.