As the Auckland City Mission marks its centenary, it is about to receive a special gift from one of Aotearoa’s favourite sons.
Musician Neil Finn is donating a song to the building of HomeGround – the Mission’s most ambitious project yet. He created the song - ‘Find Your Way Back Home’ - to help raise funds and awareness for the purpose-built housing and social services facility in Auckland’s CBD.
“I was honoured to be asked to write a song to support the fundraising for this amazing new building that will create a path for many of our people to find their way back home. I was so grateful to have the talent and support of my Fleetwood Mac bandmates Stevie, Christine and Mike along with my son Elroy and fellow Kiwi singer Georgia Knott to help me make this recording,” says Neil.
“I have always been aware of how important the City Mission is in our community representing and supporting every day the homeless people of Auckland,” says Neil. “Now more than ever, as we shelter in place I am reminded that everyone deserves to have a home where they can feel safe and be well.”
“I'm honoured to be a part of Neil's song for the Auckland City Mission” says Stevie Nicks. “He is on a mission to make this work and I think this beautiful song he has written will certainly help”.
The accompanying video tells the story of different life journeys and different realities of what home can be. It features a range of Aucklanders, each with their own untold story of what home means to them – some who have experienced homelessness, some who have not.
City Missioner Chris Farrelly says he’s in awe of the Finn family’s generosity. “We are incredibly grateful for this very special gift. It seems fitting, in our centenary, to be given a song about the meaning of home. In the last 100 years, the Mission has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of Aucklanders, but what has been a constant is that we always help people in their life journey. We support people to, metaphorically and often literally, do what Neil sings about - to ‘find their way back home’.”
The single ‘Find Your Way Back Home’ will be available to download from 30th May on Spotify and Apple Music at https://NeilFinn.lnk.to/FindYourWay
Proceeds from downloads of the track will go to Auckland City Mission’s HomeGround project.