A record-breaking £198,000 was raised for Childline at the annual WhiteHat Ball which took place at London’s Lancaster Hotel on Friday 27 January.
As more young people are turning to Childline for help about issues they are encountering online the support given to the charity by the information security industry is becoming increasingly relevant. Last year there were 11,253 Childline counselling sessions carried out with children and young people about online issues such as sexual abuse, bullying and safety.
Speaking after the ball, chairman of this year’s WhiteHat Ball committee, Clive Room said:
“Yet again the WhiteHat Ball has raised an amazing amount of money for a cause we are deeply passionate about. Thanks to all of those involved in making it happen, our sponsors and those who attended, donated and gave so generously.”
“I’m extremely proud to be part of an industry which has made such a difference to so many young lives over the past 12 years.”
Childline president, Dame Esther Rantzen, who also attended the event, said:
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Clive, the WhiteHat Ball committee and the information security and risk industry for their support over the last 12 years. The money they’ve raised will help to make sure we can be there for every young person when they need us the most.
“At Childline we’ve become more aware of the dangers of the online world and it’s wonderful to have the support of an industry which is determined to keep the internet safe.”
The WhiteHat Ball would not be possible without the support of the information security community and we the committee would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your generosity and support over the last 12 years. This support has enabled us to raise in excess of £1.2 million for the NSPCC’s Childline services which is quite phenomenal!
Thanks again to our 2017 headline sponsor KPMG for helping to make #WHB17 possible and to our event sponsors: Fujitsu, Symantec, Barclay Simpson, (ISC)², CyberArk, Palo Alto and Qualys
We look forward to seeing you all at the next WhiteHat Ball, date to be announecd shortly, and don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for other events and fundraising opportunities throughout the year.