Avnel Gold Announces Appointment of VP Exploration

    LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Avnel Gold (TSX: AVK) is
pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Andy Killick as Vice President
    Dr Killick has a PhD in Geology and 35 years of experience in the
minerals industry as a senior exploration director, applied research worker
and consultant. His strengths lie in structural geology, geochemistry and
economic geology. He has worked in 21 African countries and with 16 different
commodities and precious metals.
    Dr Killick completed a BSc (Geology & Geochemistry) at the University of
Cape Town in 1968, a BSc (Hons) Geology at the University of Cape Town in
1969, a MSc (Structural Geology & Rock Mechanics) at the Royal School of
Mines, University of London, in 1972 and a PhD (Structural Geology) at the
Rand Afrikaans University in 1992.
    Andy worked for the JCI Group for 25 years, ultimately becoming General
Manager (Geology and Exploration) for JCI Projects Group. During that period
his focus was exploration in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and latterly
management of all specialist geological services to the Group's exploration
activities and mines. During this period he represented JCI as one of the
joint venture partners who held the Kalana Permit, which is today the main
asset of Avnel Gold.
    In 1998 he became a founding Director of The Mineral Corporation,
responsible for a variety of projects including gold exploration in Tanzania
and a five year World Bank-supported regional mapping program in Mauritania,
and mineral exploration programs in Gabon.
    Andy left the Mineral Corporation in June 2007 and has since been an
independent consultant. During 2007 he completed a review of the exploration
potential of the Kalana Permit and completed an initial regolith study and
geophysics data review of Avnel Gold's Fougadian Permit.
    Roy Meade, Avnel Gold's CEO, believes that Dr Killick's appointment
demonstrates the confidence that Avnel Gold has in the highly prospective
Fougadian and Kalana Permits it holds in Mali.
    The Fougadian Permit was awarded to Avnel Mali, a 100% owned subsidiary
of Avnel Gold Mining Ltd. Avnel has a 90% interest and the Malian State a 10%
interest in the permit. The Fougadian Exploration Permit, which covers
150 square kilometres, was awarded to Avnel in 2006 in accordance with the
1999 Mining Code. Avnel has recently announced exceptional gold in soil
anomalies on the Fougadian Permit and has proposed a 40,000 metre drill
program to test 14 anomalies for gold mineralization. Fougadian is located in
southern Mali, immediately south of the producing Kalana Mine and Exploitation
    Avnel has identified 10 drill targets on its 387 sq.km Kalana Permit and
has discovered high grade mineralization at the Djirila prospect in the
south-east of the Kalana Permit. The Kalana Permit is very prospective and is
held by Avnel for a 30 year period starting 2003. Avnel is focusing its
exploration activity on the Fougadian Permit at this time.


    Roy Meade
    Chief Executive Officer

    Avnel Gold Mining Ltd.
    UK Representative Office
    39 Cheval Place
    London, SW7 1EW
    Phone +44 207 589 9082, FAX+44 207 589 8507
    Website: www.avnelgold.com
    Email: rmeade@avnelgold.com

    Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements:

    Statements regarding the corporation's plans with respect to the
exploration of the Fougadian Permit are forward-looking statements. There can
be no assurance that the exploration program on the Fougadian Permit will
identify minerals resources.

    The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of this
    information release.
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For further information:

For further information: Roy Meade, Chief Executive Officer, Avnel Gold
Mining Ltd., UK Representative Office, +44 207 589 9082, Fax: +44 207 589
8507, www.avnelgold.com, rmeade@avnelgold.com; Renmark Financial
Communications Inc.: Barry Mire, bmire@renmarkfinancial.com; Maurice Dagenais,
mdagenais@renmarkfinancial.com, (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717,

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