DIAMONDS and pearls added some serious sparkle to the fourth annual Umoja Gala Ball.

Umoja Orphanage Kenya charity founder Cathy Booth said the event was a fantastic success, with 130 guests dressing to impress by embracing the diamonds and pearls theme.

With Encore Dancers opening the event, Mrs Booth said the crowd were thoroughly entertained.

Guests dug deep with $8000 raised on the night to go directly to complete the charity's first house to home orphans in Kenya.

"The roof started going on last week and this money will go towards completing the inside, the windows and the rendering of the outside," Ms Booth said.

At Saturday night's event, Mrs Booth said guests were amazed to see how far the project had come and the way the whole community had benefited.

"It takes a whole village to raise a chid so it's important we also support the whole community," she said.

Mrs Booth said the project was so close to being completed, with just $20,000 to be raised to complete the house before she can welcome the first children.



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