Pirtek Parramatta Eels Mitch Allgood and Nathan Smith will hit the pavement on Sunday August 10, racing 14 kilometres to raise money for the Black Dog Institute.


The annual City 2 Surf has become a Sydney tradition, and these two Eels are using it as a chance to support an organisation close to their hearts: all three of the players are official ambassadors for the Black Dog Institute.


For Mitch Allgood, mood disorders including depression are a subject Aussies don't discuss enough, especially young men.


"Black Dog are a world class organisation dedicated to life saving research," Allgood said.


"And you can help me support their good work by making a donation no matter how big or small."


"Lets spread the word so all australians can start talking about this important topic."


Hooker Nathan Smith tells the Black Dog Institute that he's looking to send a message of encouragement in his role as ambassador.


"As someone who has seen and personally experienced depression I think its important for all aussies, young and old, male or female and to know you can overcome it and lead a fulfilling life with the right help," Smith said.


Click through to find out more about the Black Dog Institute, or click below to donate to the boys on their Everyday Hero pages!


Mitch Allgood


Nathan Smith


Ben Smith