La Trobe Senior Lecturer Dr Zhanming (Ming) Liang (third from left) with staff at Shandong Provincial Qianfoshan Hospital (Image: La Trobe University)

The Australian Hubei Chamber of Commerce and the Hubei Association of Melbourne are probably best known for their association with "junket" operators, ferrying high-roller VIPs between Wuhan and Melbourne’s Crown Casino. 

They are also known around town for gala events and sponsorship of cultural performances, including the PLA-inspired musical Red Guards on Honghu Lake performed in Melbourne in 2018.

Less well known is their capacity for charitable fundraising and getting things done for a good purpose.