Helio reports initial drill results from the Konokono Target, SMP Gold Project, Tanzania

                           Drill results include:
                             13.1m @ 3.7g/t Au

                          TSX-V Trading Symbol: HRC

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Helio Resource Corp. ("Helio" or the
"Company") (TSX-V: HRC) is pleased to report the first diamond drill results
from the Konokono Target at the SMP Gold Project, Lupa Goldfields, SW
    The Konokono target is located approximately 8km west of Porcupine and
5km east of Kenge - see the project map on the Company website at


    -   All five drill holes intersected gold mineralisation.

    -   The best mineralised intercept, 13.1m grading 3.7g/t Au, was received
        from the westernmost hole drilled at Konokono to date, SZD175

    -   Mineralisation remains open to the west and to the east and to depth.

    -   These new results confirm the potential of the SMP project area to
        host numerous such deposits along the 34km length of the
        Saza Shear Zone within the SMP.

    A total of 5 holes were drilled on an offset 50 x 50m grid, testing 100m
of strike length of the Konokono target.

    The nearest drilling to the west is approximately 1,400m away, where RC
drilling at the Kipanga target intersected 8m @ 1.44g/t Au (Company Press
Release dated January 31, 2008). Drilling by Anglo American in 1998 confirmed
gold mineralisation occurring over a 300m strike length to the east.
    Management is very pleased with these results, and notes that this
first-pass diamond drill testing of the kilometre-long Konokono Target has
returned comparable results to those initially received from the SMP project's
two most advanced targets; Porcupine and Kenge. Both Porcupine and Kenge have
the potential to host significant open-pittable gold deposits (see Company
Press Releases dated January 26 and February 2, 2009).

    Detailed results are presented in the links below:

    -   Table of Drill Intercepts:

    -   SMP Plan Map showing location of targets identified and drill tested
        to date:


    Helio, through its 100% owned subsidiary BAFEX Tanzania Ltd., can earn a
100% interest in five contiguous licences, which cover a 34km strike length of
the Saza Shear Zone (see news releases dated December 19, 2005, September 11,
2006, and October 16, 2008). The project covers the New Saza Gold Mine, which
operated between 1939 - 1956, producing approximately 270,000 ounces of gold
at an average grade of 7.5g/t Au.
    Since June 2006, the Company has drill-tested eleven targets, nine of
which are hosted by the Saza Shear Zone. All eleven targets have intersected
bedrock-hosted gold mineralisation, the most advanced being the Kenge Target,
which has returned up to 22.0m grading 6.9g/t gold in the Main Zone (Company
press release dated May 23, 2007). The thickest mineralised intercept at Kenge
is from the Mbenge Zone (48.7m @ 2.1g/t Au - Company press release dated
September 8, 2008). The thickest mineralised intercept to date at the SMP was
drilled at the Porcupine target (52.2m grading 3.3g/t Au - Company press
release dated July 21, 2008). A plan map of the project area, showing the
respective locations of all of the targets can be found on the Company website
at www.helioresource.com.
    The Company is awaiting further drill results from the Porcupine Target
(10 drill holes), the Kenge Target (34 drill holes). Results are expected in
the next few weeks.
    Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as
designated by NI 43-101, supervises the exploration at the SMP project,
including the sampling and quality assurance / quality control programmes, and
has reviewed the contents of this news release. All drill holes were oriented
at -48 degrees and were drilled perpendicular towards the main structural
trend. Intercepts are reported as drilled widths, and estimated true widths
vary from 70-90% of drilled width. Core was halved with a rock saw and sample
lengths between 0.3m and 2.0m within the mineralised zone were submitted to
the lab (with the duplicate half being retained). QA/QC includes the use of
blanks and standards (ave. 1 every 15 samples) and duplicates (ave. 1 every 24
samples). Samples were assayed at the SGS Laboratory in Mwanza, Tanzania by
50g gold fire assay. As well as the Company's internal QA/QC programme, SGS
also applied their own internal QA/QC programme, consisting of insertion of
standards and duplicates. Unless otherwise stated weighted average intercepts
are calculated between the uppermost and lowermost samples within the main
mineralised zone using a 0.5g/t cut-off and may include some internal waste.
    Helio's main focus is the development of the SMP Gold Project in
Tanzania. As part of its strategic approach to project development, Helio has
optioned 9 of its Namibian licences to Desert Minerals (UK) Ltd. and continues
to pursue joint venture partners for its other projects in Namibia.


    "Richard D. Williams"                   "Chris MacKenzie"
    Richard D. Williams, P.Geo              Christopher J. MacKenzie, C.Geol.
    CEO                                     COO

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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For further information:

For further information: Richard Williams at (604) 638-8007 or by e-mail
to richard@helioresource.com

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