Rufus the bear was left at a Toowoomba cafe and now a massive search is under way to find his owner.
Rufus the bear was left at a Toowoomba cafe and now a massive search is under way to find his owner.

Desperate search for... teddy bear owner

HUNDREDS of people are helping a Toowoomba cafe find the owner of a very important teddy bear.

When Pump@123 owner Tracie Batzloff found Rufus in her cafe on Saturday, she thought it was an ordinary bear.

But after taking to social media to find its owner she soon found out it was a special bear, given to children with type 1 diabetes.

"I thought someone had left a treasure here and we tried to find the owner.

"We thought Facebook would be a good way to help find the owner.

"It was only later that I realised from the comments it was a JDRF bear.

"The response from Toowoomba has been incredible, there have been nearly 300 shares."

JDRF, formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is a major organisation dedicated to funding research into diabetes.

JDRF community programs coordinator Kristie Gale said the bear had been in Australia for 13 years.

It is distributed to children recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Ms Gale said the bear played an important role in education children about the disease.

Patches on its body help the children identify sites for insulin injection.

Ms Gale said children became attached to the bears, and they were cherished.

"To have a friend that helps them through the first difficult years is important, they're extremely cherished.

"When they go missing it causes a huge flurry on social media to help find Rufus."

If you can help reunite Rufus with his owner visit Pump@123 at Wyalla Plaza.


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