White Hat Events raises over £500k for Childline/NSPCC

Information security industry charity White Hat Events has raised £525,000 for Childline/NSPCC since the not-for-profit group was set up in 2006.

This is pretty good going as it means 300 additional counsellors will be able to answer more than 50,000 calls from children in need.

But none of this fundraising would be possible without the support of the information security and risk industry in the UK, and organisers are appealing for volunteers and sponsorships for 2012.

In addition to the annual White Hat Ball, the charity organises a series of fundraising events, including a car rally, a cocktail party in the BT Tower, and a golf day.

The golf event is in support of Avenues, a group of charitable enterprises that support adults and young people with special needs.

According to the organising committee, more activities including a sailing event are in the pipeline, with all money raised going to charity.

“We welcome additional sponsorship and support from our industry to help us continue making a difference to children in need,” says David Morgan, chairman of the White Hat Committee

So how can you help?

There are a number of sponsorship and support packages are available for the White Hat Ball, which takes place on Friday, 3 February 2012 and will be attended by around 650 people from the information security industry (including some infosec journalists).

Organisers, who aim to exceed to the previous ball total of £87,000 raised for ChildLine, are also looking for donations of suitable auction lots, which in the past have included a lunch at the BT Tower, a chauffeured day out in a vintage Bentley car, tickets to football and rugby events, diamond jewellery from a Bond Street designer and signed sports paraphernalia.

So, if you are in the information security and risk sector, White Hat Events would love to hear from you. Contact details are available on the website.