Kona is a motivated and energetic wife, mother, daughter, friend and sister. She loves to apply good interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and passion to every endeavor and take on challenges with a view to finishing well and making a difference. Compassion and creativity are a big part of her nature and she applies this to every work and social situation. She is an earnest blogger, enthusiastic exerciser, shower singer, persistent prayer, fashion fanatic and closet artist. She strives to serve and encourage her family, community, city and country and to teach her children how to do the same. She believes in leading by example, maintaining a balance and living by faith.
Back in 2006, Kona was no stranger to the corporate boardroom, being a successful senior business analyst in the Banking Sector. Leaving the corporate world to start her family at that time, she found such fulfilment being able to make this difference in the community so desperate for help, she made the decision to continue volunteering her time, on this occasion at Rays of Hope,and in 2009 start volunteering 4 mornings a week. She has since become the project director for their Child Headed Households Project. This project focuses on assisting orphaned and vulnerable children in Child Headed Households in the Alexandra Township. (www.raysofhope.co.za) They currently have over 30 families in the project, assisting over 100 vulnerable children who have been orphaned by AIDS and who now have to take care of themselves and their siblings – basically children raising and caring for children. Through a variety of initiatives the organisation aims to move the children out of the victim cycle and assist them in finding a more hopeful and better future. In her work in the township Kona has started a Toy and book library for disadvantaged kids, a contraceptive clinic, a skills development programme, a soccer team and various other initiatives along with operationally overseeing the Child Headed Households project for Rays of Hope.
Kona Brown was crowned Mrs United Nation SA 2012 on 5 December 2011 and has had a productive and successful year of reign in this coveted title, culminating in her winning the Mrs UN International Title in Jamaica in November of 2012.
As the sister of popular Idols 2010 winner, Elvis Blue, her crowning marked another winning celebration for this talented family! Both Kona and Elvis have a joint vision to inspire ordinary South African’s to make a difference and have a passion for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Kona and Elvis also work together in running the Elvis Blue Music Academy in various disadvantaged communities across South Africa. Through the music academy disadvantaged and orphaned children get an opportunity to learn to play the guitar under professional tuition. By establishing relationships with existing NPO’s who already have a presence in disadvantaged communities, the Elvis Blue Music Academy aims to branch out into these communities to offer the children there an opportunity to become involved and learn a musical skill.
Kona has been a formidable spokesperson for her causes, and she has taken every opportunity to not only raise funds for causes that share her passion for orphaned and vulnerable children, but to also inspire fellow South Africans to get involved in their communities and make a difference in a meaningful and practical way.
Kona speaks with candour and humour on a large variety of topics, including active citizenship and the future of South Africa, volunteerism, raising socially responsible kids, beauty with a purpose and other relevant topics that will inspire those with a heart for their country and it’s people.