Two time Academy Award® nominated actor, producer and philanthropist Robert Downey Jr. took time Wednesday morning to meet with Awards Focus founder Byron Burton regarding the ‘Aiding Australia’ initiative launched at Sunday’s benefit dinner and concert on 2/23/2020.

Downey, who runs his own nonprofit entitled The Footprint Coalition, took the time to handprint and sign over a dozen images for the upcoming Awards Focus charity auction, including several Captain American: Civil War and Avengers: EndGame posters, which were also handprinted and signed by Academy Award nominated actor Jeremy Renner.

The Hawkeye / Iron Man combo posters are expected to go for high figures if more cast members of The Avengers are added for this heroic cause. Downey was all smiles on the day, posing for photos and commending Burton and his team for their efforts.

“It’s really hard to get all of us together in one place,” Downey Jr. said. “But you’re doing it the right way. You’re bringing the mountains to Muhammad.”

Downey Jr. shared photos taken by Team Downey partner Jimmy Rich on Instagram and highlighted Awards Focus, as well as Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Cobargo Community.

Academy Award nominee and Avengers co-star, Jeremy Renner, also posted his contributions to his Instagram and Twitter, highlighting Awards Focus.

In addition to Downey Jr. and Renner, other Aiding Australia participants include JK Simmons, John Ottman, Michael Keaton, Michael Rosenbaum, Drew Struzan, Colin Hay, Tobey Maguire, Tim Allen, Larry David, Ben Mendelsohn, Peter Billingsley, Vince Vaughn, Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Stewart and Star Trek: Picard executive Alex Kurtzman. More participants will be announced in the coming days.

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