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10-year-old organizes fundraiser for horse rescue 10-year-old organizes fundraiser for horse rescue

Hannah Testa of Cumming is only 10 years old but that didn't stop her from organizing a fundraiser for a local horse rescue organization Friday night.

Dozens of people streamed into the Save the Horses facility in Cumming to see a showing of the American Girl movie, Saige Paints the Sky.

Testa told CBS Atlanta News that she organized the fundraiser after visiting the farm and seeing all the horses in need of good homes.

"What got my attention is that I hear they save these horses from being abused or neglected," said Testa, a fifth-grader at Kelly Mill Elementary School. "They've all been hurt in some way."

The founder of Save the Horses, Cheryl Flanagan, said she spends approximately $10,000 or more every month to care for the animals. At times, she has more than 100 on the farm that straddles the Forsyth and Cherokee county lines.

"She's just so incredible," said Flanagan after meeting Testa. "She has so much vision for a child her age."

Flanagan incorporated her rescue operation in 1998 and has devoted herself to caring for horses brought in from people in Georgia and surrounding states.

"We want them safe," said Flanagan. "We want them as healthy as they can be."

Flanagan said Testa's efforts to organize the fundraiser meant more than money for the rescue agency.

"I think she's going to influence so many children," said Flanagan. "How can she not? How can they not look up to her and want to do what she does?"

Testa downplayed her efforts.

"It doesn't matter who you are, or what you believe or your age," said Testa. "I feel like anyone can do anything they want. They can just dream it and it can come to them if they work hard for it."

Testa is now working on other efforts to save animals in need.

"I know I'm not changing the whole world but at least I'm changing a part of it," said Testa.

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