The Kansas City Royal’s minor league outfielder encourage others to support UNICEF’s ZERO campaign

San Juan, Puerto Rico- The Kansas City Royals minor league outfielder Alfredo Escalera, announced today a donation of $25,000 to UNICEF in support of their work around the world. The announcement was made at the Ambassador Theater in San Juan Puerto Rico in which friends and fans learned the details about UNICEF and how to support the ZERO Campaign.

Escalera stated that he was moved by UNICEF’s work[1] around the world.  UNICEF is currently working in over 190 countries in the process of providing health care services, clean water, nutrition, education and emergency relief among other assistance. “I know that every cent donated to UNICEF will be used by an organization with the knowledge, influence, and global reach to support needy children living in unimaginable circumstances”, said Escalera.

“I am thrilled to be able to make this donation, because it is unacceptable to be indifferent knowing that every day, 19,000 children die from preventable causes. UNICEF believes that number should be ZERO and I believe that number should be ZERO”, stated Escalera. It has been reported that due to UNICEF’s lifesaving work fighting preventable child deaths, the child mortality rate has been cut by more than half over the last 60 years.

“The good news is that with today’s donation, UNICEF will be able to provide safe drinking water to over a million kids, the challenge is that there are more than 900 million people with no access to safe water and that our donation will supply water tiny amount of kids at high risk”, said Escalera

Using a visual presentation, Escalera explained that UNICEF has saved tens of millions of young lives throughout the years. He also detailed that less than 3 decades ago, only 5% of the world’s children were immunized against 6 of the top killer diseases and that with UNICEF’s leadership, that number has been raised to 80%. Escalera also stated that, “about 10 years ago, measles was killing more children than wars, starvation, and natural disasters combined. Due to UNICEF efforts measles deaths have dropped by 74%”.

“It is amazing that despite all the modern technology today more than 4,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrheal dehydration caused by unsafe water,” said Escalera.

The current Puerto Rico Secretary of State Hon. Kenneth McClintock and the Secretary of State designated Hon. David Bernier symbolically received the donation. Also the Puerto Rico Secretary of Sports, Ramon Orta, lectured the attendees about the importance of getting involved in social endeavors.



[1] UNICEF began its lifesaving work fighting preventable child deaths in 1946 and over the last 60 years, UNICEF and its partners have helped cut the worldwide child mortality rate by more than half

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