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Helio Commences Drill Programme at Kenge Resource Area, SMP Gold Project, Tanzania

October 18, 2013

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VANCOUVER, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Helio Resource Corp (TSX-V: HRC),
(“Helio” or the “Company”) is pleased announce that it has commenced a
diamond drill programme to test the down plunge extensions of three
high-grade zones identified within the Kenge resource at the Company’s
100%-owned SMP Gold Project in Tanzania. The Kenge resource area is
located 6 km east of Shanta Gold’s high-grade New Luika mine.

The Company intends to drill four holes to confirm and expand the new
geological model, and identify potential to rapidly increase the size
and overall grade of the deposit. Holes will test the Main, SE and
Mbenge Zones of the Kenge resource area. Results of the programme are
anticipated within the next 4-6 weeks.

SMP Gold Project

On February 14, 2012 the Company announced an updated NI 43-101
compliant resource statement for the SMP project, as follows:

        --  The Resource statement was prepared by SRK Consulting
            (Australia) Pty. Ltd., of Perth, Australia
        --  SRK was tasked with assessing the open pit resource and
            recommended using a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off grade.
        --  SRK calculated a Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource of
            1,020,000 ounces (24.1Mt grading 1.32g/t Au) plus an Inferred
            Mineral Resource of 240,000 ounces (7.2Mt grading 1.05g/t Au).

As a result of the ongoing relative weakness in the gold price and
difficult market conditions, the Company has focused on the high-grade
drill intercepts within the resource to determine if:

      1. High-grade shoots exist within the resource blocks;
      2. There is good continuity to the high-grade shoots;
      3. There is sufficient tonnage within the high-grade shoots to assess
         the potential for underground mining

The assessment has identified 5 high-grade shoots within the Kenge
resource area – see long section above. Some very encouraging features
have been identified:

        --  All five high-grade shoots have the same orientation - i.e.
            plunging at a shallow angle to the northwest;
        --  Three of the high-grade shoots are open to depth;
        --  The grades and widths of the intercepts within the shoots
            indicate promising potential for underground resource ounces.

About Helio Resource Corp.

Helio Resource Corp. is an exploration company focused on increasing the
size of the NI 43-101 compliant resource at its 100% owned SMP Gold
Project in Tanzania and outlining the resource potential at the DGP
Gold Project in Namibia.

In February 2012, SRK Consulting (Australia) Pty. Ltd. provided an
updated NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for the SMP. The
estimate at a 0.5g/t Au cut-off reports 1,020,000 ounces (24.1MT
grading 1.32g/t Au) in the Measured and Indicated category, plus
240,000 ounces (7.3MT grading 1.05g/t Au) in the Inferred category.

Qualified Person

Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio’s COO and a Qualified Person as
designated by NI 43-101, is based in Africa and supervises the
exploration at Helio’s projects, including the sampling and quality
assurance / quality control (QA-QC) programmes, and has reviewed and
approved the contents of this news release.

                        ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

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forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities
laws. Such forward-looking information is identified by words such as
“estimates”, “intends”, “expects”, “believes”, “may”, “will” and
include, without limitation, statements regarding the company’s plan of
business operations (including plans for progressing assets), estimates
regarding mineral resources, projections regarding mineralization and
projected expenditures. There can be no assurance that such statements
will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could
differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially include, among others, metal prices, risks
inherent in the mining industry, financing risks, labour risks,
uncertainty of mineral resource estimates, equipment and supply risks,
title disputes, regulatory risks and environmental concerns. Most of
these factors are outside the control of the company. Investors are
cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information.
Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or
regulation, the company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to
update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Helio Resource Corp.

Image with caption: “Long section of the Kenge resource area showing the 5 high-grade shoots. Section looking northeast (CNW Group/Helio Resource Corp.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131018_C4895_PHOTO_EN_32204.jpg

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