Avengers: Endgame Stars Assemble As Disney Donates $5m To Children's Charities
Stars from the upcoming blockbuster Avengers: Endgame showed up at Disney California Adventure theme park yesterday to help out with a ceremony at which The Walt Disney Company donated $5m (£3.8m) to children's hospital charities.
The ceremony marked the launch of the Avengers Universe Unites charity, which aims to inspire and help children with serious illnesses, according to the Disney officials.
In order to add a touch of celebrity to the launch, Avengers stars Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson and Robert Downey Jr. assembled at the park in Anaheim for the announcement.
Disney's CEO Bob Iger said: "The superheroes in Avengers personify traits like courage, perseverance, bravery and hope - the same traits countless kids and their families in children's hospitals exhibit every day.
"We are grateful to have the Avengers cast take time out of their day to be a part of this effort to lift spirits and bring comfort to children during a difficult time."
The huge donation was given to non-profit organisations that help kids with severe illnesses around the world. The Walt Disney Company has also teamed up with Funko, Hasbro, Amazon and Lego to provide a whole load of toys to sick kids at hundreds of hospitals all across the USA.
The ceremony also involved some kids - of course, dressed up in Avengers costumes - receiving toys from Captain Marvel star Brie Larson.
Larson said: "The kids who are here today are actually the ones who inspire us because you are the embodiment of the characters we represent."
In fact, all of the movie stars were very complimentary about the sick children and their families.
Paul Rudd - who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - said: "We are all so blessed, grateful and touched to be a part of this group, to meet so many of you and to be able to give something back.
"It isn't just the kids who are affected, it's the entire family."
Adam Garone, the CEO of Starlight Children's Foundation, one of the organisations to benefit from the donation, added: "Nobody understands magical experiences better than Disney, and we've been proud to partner with them in bringing those magical experiences to kids in children's hospitals for more than 20 years.
"From delivering hospital care packages, to storytelling through Starlight Xperience virtual reality, to our recent Disney-themed Starlight Gowns, millions of seriously ill children have benefitted from our amazing relationship together. And with this donation, even more kids will get to experience the magic of Disney."
Avengers: Endgame will be released in cinemas across the UK on 25 April.
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