WITH little time remaining for this year's Operation Santa Claus, young poet Francis Lo Fai-shing has made a passionate appeal to potential donors to give generously and quickly. The 11-year-old has written a poem and dedicated it to everyone whose last hope of life relies on charity. The Hong Kong International School sixth grade student - who has raised $10 by doing housework for his mother - has asked everyone to give whatever he or she can afford to help the fund reach $5 million. ''Someone is going to die and we outsiders are the only people who can help. And if everyone can just give $10, the amount will be built up to $5 million. Ten dollars can save a life so why don't we help?'' he said. Francis always listens to stories of his mother's participation in various charity activities, and having read about Operation Santa Claus in the South China Morning Post, he realised he ought to do something for the less fortunate. Francis believes raising enough money for the project would be a great Christmas present for himself, and the best blessing for people more in need. He has vowed to do more work to raise more money. His parents have pledged $5,000 separately. ''I don't have much money. But I hope I could collect a couple of hundred more,'' he said. Francis said he could feel the suffering of thalassaemia patients who could not have a bone marrow transplant due to the costly operation. Francis, who started writing poems two years ago, got inspiration and a feel of the experience of facing death for his work, entitled A Plea, from author Stephen King. ''Hopeless is my burning woe, To cry a plea for help. Maybe one day you will see, How this darkness felt. And crying now, For agony, Departing are my hopes. So maybe you could help On my heart's plainless slopes. So you feel, So you see, How I need you, Desperately. Roaming upon The gates of hell, Casting all these Lifeless spells, As black as coal, As white as pearl, It's you and me, Against the world. FOUR-YEAR-OLD Dickson Lai, whose hold on life appeared very bleak just a fortnight ago, now has a fighting chance. The Hong Kong Marrow Match Foundation's donor registry said a perfectly-matched donor had been found and was having more tests. All going well, the transplant could take place next month. Anyone wishing to become a bone marrow donor can go to the Red Cross Blood Collection Centre at Omni the Hong Kong Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui any Wednesday from 10.30 am to 7 pm. Today, the centre will close at 3.30 pm.