News Release and Shareholder Update - Helio reports drill results from Kenge Target, SMP Gold Project and plans for 2009

                           Drill results include:
             up to 6.5m @ 9.9g/t Au and 19.2m @ 3.1 g/t Au

    TSX-V Trading Symbol: HRC            Tel.: 604 - 638 8005
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    VANCOUVER, April 22 /CNW/ - Helio Resource Corp. ("Helio" or the
"Company") (TSX-V: HRC) is pleased to provide an update on its corporate and
exploration activities, and its exploration plans for 2009.

    2008 Drilling Results - Kenge Target

    A total of 34 diamond drill holes are reported, representing all remaining
drill results from the 2008 diamond drill programme. Holes were drilled into
the Kenge Main Zone, primarily as infill drill holes. Drilling extended gold
mineralisation to a depth of over 260m, and mineralisation remains open to

    Highlights from this batch of drill holes include:

      Hole No.      From (m)     Width (m)     Grade - g/t Au       Comment
       SZD158          9.2          6.5              9.9
       Incl.          12.5          0.6             73.4
       SZD144         15.1         19.2              3.1
       SZD114        162.3         11.7              1.3
       SZD115        190.4          9.5              1.4
       SZD116        216.9         12.6              1.3
       SZD117        137.3         15.1              2.2
       SZD119        163.9           11              2.0
       SZD120        169.5         13.5              1.5
       SZD121        187.3          4.7              3.6
       SZD140        227.3          9.8              2.4
       SZD145        11.53         25.9              1.2              Open
       SZD148         16.7         14.3              1.7
       SZD153         73.8         24.5              0.9
       SZD157         3.0          12.5              2.2              Open
    (*) non-sequential hole numbers were already released

    A complete list of all significant drill results and hole locations from
all drilling completed at the SMP Gold Project by the Company to date has been
posted on the Company's website at and

                              Shareholder Update
                               & Plans for 2009


    Having completed the recently announced financing (see news dated April
8, 2009), the Company now has $6.8M cash in the treasury.
    Management believes that the Company's ability to secure these funds in a
difficult market environment for junior exploration companies is a reflection
of the quality of the SMP Gold Project. The Company intends to spend the
majority of these funds advancing the SMP Gold Project in Tanzania.
    As a result of the funding the company now has 65,438,792 shares issued
and outstanding. In addition to Dundee Resources Limited (17% shareholder),
the Company also welcomes Macquarie Bank Limited as a new significant
shareholder (10.7% shareholder).


    SMP Gold Project Lupa Goldfields

    Since starting exploration at the SMP Gold Project in early 2006, the
Company has assembled a land package totalling 238km(2), which covers a 35km
strike length of the main known gold-bearing structure in the Lupa Goldfields,
the Saza Shear Zone.
    To date, the Company has diamond drill tested three widely-spaced
targets, Porcupine, Kenge and Konokono, along 13km of the structure. In
addition the Company has tested eight other targets with reconnaissance RC
(reverse circulation) drilling - see for map showing the
location of the targets drilled to date.
    In total, the Company has completed 37,103m of diamond drilling
(comprising 8,387m in 41 drill holes at Porcupine, 27,796m in 180 drill holes
at Kenge, and 920m in 5 drill holes at Konokono), and 11,556m of
reconnaissance and infill RC drilling. The bulk of the ongoing resource
drilling will utilise RC drill rigs which are now more readily available.
    In addition, the Company has identified numerous other targets, through a
combination of geological mapping, geochemical soil sampling, and geophysics,
which warrant drill testing.  Many of these high priority targets have not yet
been drill-tested, primarily due to more difficult access.  Drilling of these
new targets is planned during 2009.

    Porcupine Target Overview

    -   Geological, geochemical, and geophysical information indicates that
        the Porcupine Target has an east-west strike length of at least
    -   Geophysical evidence from the Gap, Reefski, and Panya targets (see
        Target Location Map attached), which extend a further 7km east of
        Porcupine, indicates that the target has the potential to be several
        kilometres long.
    -   Gold mineralisation is associated with sheeted quartz veins hosted
        within a shear zone cutting granitic host rocks.
    -   The target has been drill tested from surface to a down dip depth of
        230m, and mineralisation remains open to depth.
    -   To date 41 diamond drill holes have been completed, and have tested a
        strike length of 700m.
    -   Mineralisation remains open to the east and to the west.
    -   The mineralised zones vary in thickness, reaching up to 60m in width.
        The best intercepts recorded to date include 52.2m @ 3.3g/t Au,
        49.6m @ 3.3g/t Au, and 42.3m @ 4.0g/t Au.

    Porcupine Target - Plans for 2009

    -   An initial 1,000m diamond drilling programme is planned to commence
        in May 2009. This initial programme will focus on infill drilling in
        and around the areas of existing diamond drilling.
    -   5,000m of RC drilling is planned to commence in May or June, 2009.
        The RC drill programme is designed to extend mineralisation along
        strike to the east and west of the Porcupine Target and to test
        targets located between Porcupine and Gap.
    -   A metallurgical sample from diamond drill core will be submitted for
        testwork as soon as possible.

    Kenge Target Overview

    -   The Kenge Target comprises 5 zones of outcropping mineralisation,
        which together have an aggregate strike length of over 2,000m (see for Plan Map
        of the Kenge Target).
    -   Gold mineralisation is hosted within a southwest-dipping shear zone
        located along the contact between granitic and dioritic wall rocks.
    -   The gold, associated with quartz veins, sericite and pyrite, occurs
        principally as free gold, which accounts for the high recovery rates
        - up to 96% - recorded from the metallurgical testwork (see news
        releases dated August 8, 2008, and full metallurgical report at
    -   The mineralised zones, namely Kenge NW, Kenge Main, Kenge SE,
        Snakebite, and Mbenge, have been drilled tested from surface down to
        a depth of ~260m below surface.
    -   Drilling has recently shown that the NW and Main zones are one
        continuous zone of mineralisation.
    -   Gold mineralisation is open to depth in all zones.
    -   The mineralised zones vary in thickness from 1m up to almost 50m
        wide, they all outcrop and are all potentially open-pittable.
    -   To date, 180 diamond drill holes have been completed on the five
    -   The best mineralised intercepts for each of the zones are:
           -  18m at 2.7g/t Au - NW Zone
           -  22m at 6.9g/t Au - Main Zone
           -  21.5m at 3.6g/t Au - SE Zone
           -  8m at 20.8g/t Au - Snakebite
           -  48m at 2.1g/t Au - Mbenge

    -   Metallurgical results from the Kenge Target are very positive - up to
        96% recovery of gold from conventional gravity and cyanidation

    Kenge Target - Plans for 2009

    -   Approximately 3,000m of RC drilling is required to determine the
        strike extent of the Mbenge zone mineralisation, which remains open
        to the east. Reconnaissance RC drilling from 2006 intersected gold
        mineralisation 500m east of the most recent diamond drilling,
        suggesting that the strike length of the Kenge Target could increase
        to at least 2,500m.
    -   Further metallurgical testwork will be undertaken to determine if the
        process can be optimised, whilst maintaining the high gold

    SMP Project - Other Activities for 2009

    -   Soil samples from the Saza West licence have been collected and
        submitted to the lab for analysis. Results will guide future work on
        this licence, which was the Company's most recent addition to the SMP
        Project landholdings (see news release dated October 16, 2008).
    -   Initial reconnaissance RC drill testing of other high-priority
        targets (5,000m) will be conducted upon completion of the Porcupine
        RC drill programme.
    -   Complete an initial resource estimate by the end of 2009.

    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. Most 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 11 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: Richard Williams, (604) 638-8005 or by e-mail

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