VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 17, 2013) - Shaw Communications and BC Children's Hospital Foundation, together with British Columbia's South Asian community, are celebrating the 15th anniversary of A World of Smiles telethon on Sunday May 26, 2013.

The telethon will air live on Sunday, May 26 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and aims to raise funds to help meet the most urgent health needs of BC's children. Money raised is used to purchase essential medical equipment and to fund critical research into childhood disease and caregiver and family education programs. Each year, more than 81,000 children and their families from across the province visit BC Children's Hospital for highly specialized care.

The 2013 A World of Smiles telethon is broadcast live from Shaw's Coal Harbour studios in Vancouver. Viewers can tune in to the telethon on Shaw Multicultural Channel (SMC), channel 116 in Metro Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler. The telethon will also air on local Shaw TV stations throughout British Columbia and on Shaw Direct channel 299.

Hosted by Shaw personalities Melanie Pineda, Bianca Solterbeck, Dunia Tozy and Peter Verge, community host Atish Ram, and guest hosts from Global Television, the telethon features performances by local artists and dancers, celebrity guest appearances and inspiring stories of courage and hope from patients at BC Children's Hospital.

For more information about the telethon and to make a donation, visit

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.3 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (TSX:SJR.B) (NYSE:SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit

About BC Children's Hospital

BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving the close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital and are either treated at the hospital in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children's specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 81,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information visit and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

Contact Information:

Shaw Communications Inc.
Chethan Lakshman
Vice-President, Public Relations and Corporate Communication

Angela Fox
Communications Coordinator
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
604-875-2345 Ext. 5458