A 12-person Organising Committee was formed in October 2018, comprised mainly Blacktown residents including SydWest chair Robert Fitzgerald, Assefa Bekele from Blacktown Police, and Tony Barnden of Blacktown City Council. A Project Coordinator, Daniel Gobena, was recruited to work from MECA’s office in order to oversee planning and preparation in teamwork with Mike & Jean Brown, program lead and program designer from Initiatives of Change Australia. Approximately 55 volunteers have been recruited to help with promoting the event and facilitating the story-sharing process. The program will rely heavily on local experience and speakers, although some participants are coming from interstate. It also relies mainly on volunteer support since the organising team was unable to secure funding from two government grants applied for.